Monthly Meeting: April 2020

April 27, 2020

10:00-11:30 Zoom meeting

*Watch for an email with the link to join our Zoom meeting this month.

Debbie Gillette will host a short Zoom meeting starting at 10:00am
– Reports from committee chairs.
– Vote on our new officers.

Post Meeting Discussion hosted by Mary Beth Molenaar
Stay for an informal time of sharing:
– Share what teaching has been like for you.
– Pick up tips on working with different age groups.

Finishing up by 11:30 or whenever we run out of things to talk about 🙂


Steven Alltop, Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University
Frederic Chopin: Poet of the Piano

*Watch for an e-mail a few days before the meeting with a link to view his recorded program at your leisure.

Frederic Chopin embodied ideals of the Romantic age and elevated piano performance and composition to new heights. A video presentation including songs performed by Josefien Stoppelenburg and and solo piano works of Chopin performed by Stephen Alltop and Paula Fruitman Stoppelenburg.  Special commentary by Adam Neiman.


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.


Apr 27, 2020


9:30 am - 12:00 pm


Winnetka Covenant Church
1200 Hibbard Road, Wilmette, IL
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