Monthly Meeting April 2019



Online Teaching

For students who move away or for occasional lessons when illness or weather precludes meeting with our regular students in person, on-line teaching is a tool that many of us are curious about and have found useful.

In our April pre-meeting discussion we will share favorite platforms, etiquette, set-up and connectivity issues, etc.  Bring your questions and come ready to share and learn.


April Program


Camille Saint-Saêns:  A Fresh Look

Stephen Alltop
discusses Camille Saint-Saëns, a composer often overlooked for his remarkable talent, impeccable pianism, and imaginative and wide ranging compositions.


Stephen Alltop serves as Music Director of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, and the Green Lake Choral Institute. Dr. Alltop is a member of the conducting and keyboard faculties at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University where he conducts the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and the Baroque Music Ensemble.

Stephen Alltop has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as both a harpsichord and organ soloist, and performs with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. Mr. Alltop served as principal organist for Soli Deo Gloria’s Chicago Bach Project, which included annual presentations of Bach’s Mass in b minor and the St. John and St. Matthew Passions from 2011-2016. He has performed with Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Sinfonietta, Joffrey Ballet, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, and the Peninsula Music Festival. Alltop served as Coordinator for WFMT’s Bach Organ Project in the Fall of 2014, a live performance series of all of Bach’s organ works, and the WFMT Bach Keyboard Festival for the Fall of 2015. His recordings are on the Albany, American Gramaphone, Cedille and Clarion labels.

Dr. Alltop has guest conducted numerous orchestras and choruses across the United States, Europe and South Korea. He has worked closely with leading composers of the day, including residency projects with Stacy Garrop, John Corigliano, Jeff Beal, Stephen Paulus and Eric Whitacre, and has conducted world premieres of works by John Luther Adams, Jan Bach, Frank Ferko, Stephen Paulus, Joseph Schwantner, Alan Terricciano, and many others. Alltop has performed with many leading musicians and actors of our time, including Hilary Hahn, Orli Shaham, Tony Randall, Martin Sheen, and Brian Dennehy. He has prepared ensembles for the Ravinia Festival, Chicago Opera Theater. The Oprah Winfrey Show, Star Wars in Concert, Josh Groban on Tour. Dr. Alltop lectures frequently for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Northwestern University Alumnae Continuing Education Series, Osher Lifelong Learning, and other organizations. Since 2014, he has given presentations on leadership for various programs in the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. Stephen Alltop is represented by Joanne Rile Artist Management.

Hourly Schedule

9:30 - 10:00
Online Teaching
10:00 - 11:00
Business Meeting and Coffee
11:00 - 12:00
Dr. Stephen Alltop
Camille Saint-Saêns: A Fresh Look


Apr 22, 2019


9:30 am - 12:00 pm


Winnetka Covenant Church
1200 Hibbard Road, Wilmette, IL
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