West Suburban Chapter Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wheaton, Illinois.  Trinity Episcopal Church is located on the corner of West and Wesley Streets in downtown Wheaton.  The monthly business meeting is held at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments provided.  Each month’s presentation begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.


May 4, 2017

Business 9:30 a.m.

Program 10:00 a.m.


This month’s meeting

In our culture of speed and accuracy, we will explore the making of music that goes beyond this drive, look beyond the note symbols to connect to its meaning and spirit.  Through rhythm, meter, rhetorical gesture, dance, opera, and above all, an evocation of an image, we should arrive to a better understanding of the content and style.  Illustrations will include accessible repertoire from different stylistic periods, from J.S. Bach to Bela Bartok.


Pianist and master teacher Ludmilla Lazar is acknowledged internationally for her stylistic versatility and musicality. Acclaimed in Europe and the United States for her commitment to a diverse and challenging repertoire, Dr. Lazar’s recitals and workshops reflect her involvement with multi-cultural music and authentic performance practice. Critics describe her performances as “inspirational and informative.”


Her students have been winners in local, regional, national, and international competitions. In recognition of her teaching, she received the Master Teacher Certificate from MTNA and was awarded the title of Master Teacher by the American Music Scholarship Association. She was also elected by the Roosevelt University community as “The Outstanding Teacher of the Year.”

A graduate of Ljlubljana Central Music School of Slovenia, she later advanced her studies as scholarship student of the legendary pianist Rudolph Ganz at the Chicago Musical College (now the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University) where she received a master’s degree, and at Northwestern University where she earned a D.M.A.. For 20 years she held the position of Chairperson of the Keyboard Department and currently holds the position of Professor of Piano.


Dr. Lazar is a member of numerous professional organizations and is past President of the Society of American Musicians and of the Mu Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and is a member of the Artists, Composers, Musicologists, and Educators of the Mu Phi Epsilon. Dr. Lazar’s notable achievements have secured her a place of recognition with the American Keyboard Artists and the Who’s Who in the American Music World.


End of Year Luncheon


Following our last meeting of the school year on May 4, we will have a catered luncheon held at Trinity Episcopal Church to make it easy for many to attend. A salad luncheon will be catered from Mariano’s and include a pasta salad with meat and cheese, a green vegetable salad with side dressings, a slaw salad with cranberries and nuts, and a fruit salad. We will have assorted rolls and a delicious dessert. The cost is $10 per person. Submit your name along with $10 (cash only please!) to Debi Inch, 308 Arbor Ave, West Chicago, IL 60185 by May 1st. Latecomers may also pay at the door. We hope that all will plan to attend this special time together. The luncheon will include a short program to include recognizing the Member of the Year. If anyone has food allergies or preferences and would prefer to bring their own food, they are most welcome to do so! We are looking forward to celebrating a wonderful year of musical milestones in all our studios and communities.

Beyond the Notes:

Music Not In The Score


Ludmilla Lazar