July 21 - 27
July 28 - August 3


"Practice make masters"interval ear trainer
scale ear trainer
note trainer

Music of Polish Kings
"Songs of Freedom", Rosemonth
Theatre, October 2008

"PaSO around the World ", Orchestra Hall, April 2007
December 2008
January 2009
Crystal Garden, March 2007
December 2007

In our continued effort and commitment to promote music among youth:

Academy of Music in numbers (2001-2013)
24.673 Students that attend Saturday Polish School have viewed PaSO concerts

31 Polish  Schools have taken advantage of invitations to concerts

781 Artists have performed for youth audiences during PaSO concerts

416 Buses have driven children and adolescents to concert halls

7 Schools have had PaSO musicians come to their school as guests artist

426 Young artists have made guest appearances during PaSO concerts
581 Young artists have taken part in PaSO workshops
1999 Piano Workshop – instructors: Janusz Olejniczak, Pawel Checinski

2004 Guitar Workshop
 – instructors: Piotr Debowski, Marcin Czarnecki

2006 Vocal / Acting Workshop
 – instructors: Janusz Jozefowicz, Janusz Stoklosa

2008 Guitar Workshop
– instructors: Piotr Debowski, Marcin Czarnecki

2008 Violin Workshop
- instructors: Barbara Bilszta i Wojciech Niewrzol

2009 Music Workshop at Camp Vista
- instructors: Barbara Bilszta i Wojciech Niewrzol
2010 CHOPINiada – Chopin Parade: Pianists
69 students and musicians of Metropolitan Chicago

2010 Music Workshop at Camp Vista
Instructors: Barbara Bilszta, Wojciech Niewrzol, Pola Grzebien, Bartlomiej Ciezobka
2010 Chopin Festival in Millennium Park, Chicago

23-27 August 2010 (26 hours of concerts – 158 performers – 15,000 audience members)

2011 PaSO Academy Chamber Orchestra’s trip to Australia
2011 Music Workshop at Camp Vista
Instructors: Barbara Bilszta, Wojciech Niewrzoł, Pola Grzebien, Bartlomiej Ciezobka

2011 Music Workshop for violin players
Instructor Tom Yang

2012 All of Polonia Reads to Children

2012 Family Concerts - June 6

2012 Family Concert - June 7

2012 All Polonia reads to children

2012 Music Workshop at Camp Vista
Instructors: Barbara Bilszta, Wojciech Niewrzoł, Pola Grzebien, Bartlomiej Ciezobka

2012 Pan Tadeusz – multimedia show for Saturday Polish Schools

2013 Cycle of Workshops for Parents
How to protect, what to teach, and what to develop in a child in order to help him or her achieve lifetime happiness and success? What is the difference between raising a boy from raising a girl? These questions along with many others were topics discussed at a meeting with parents and teachers. This meeting was led by Irena Kozminska and Elzbieta Olszewska from the Foundation ABCXXi.

2013 Show for children

"LIVE Recordings " - our students:
Pola Grzebien
Bartek Ciezobka



Why Teach Music?

Music is relevant to the core curriculum

Music is mathematical.
It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, and not worked out on paper.
Music helps us learn to read and develop creativity.

Music teaches us to interpret meaning, to form lyrical, melodic thoughts. Music helps us to commit to memory making learning more fun.

Music is a Science.
It is exact, specific, and it demands exact acoustics. A conductor's full score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.

Music is a foreign language. Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French; and the notation is certainly not English - but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.

Music is Historical. Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creation, often even the country and/or racial feeling.

Music is Physical Education Music requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lips, cheeks, and facial muscles, in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragm, back, stomach, and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.
Music develops insight and demands research

Music is all of these things, but most of all . . .

Music is ART. It allows a human being to take all these dry, technically, difficult techniques and use them to create emotion. That is one thing science cannot duplicate: feeling, emotion and yes, if you will allow us . . . humanism.
For all of these reasons and countless more, we are Teachers of Music. Don't we believe in the greatness that music instills in our students? Don't we believe in the discipline, the dedication, the development of self-esteem, and don't we enjoy witnessing our students becoming, literally, vessels of beauty?

Yes, the planting season is upon us, (figuratively) once again. We drop our seeds of knowledge in their curious minds and then draw from them MIRACLES. We encourage our students to "weather" the seasons, in hopes that someday, they will become what they are meant to become . .. . loving, caring, lovers of the art we call music.

Is that not why we teach music?!

We teach
Not because we expect you to major in music;
Not because we expect you to play or sing all of your live
Not so you can relax
Not so you can have fun


So you will be human
So you will recognize beauty
So you will be sensitive
So you will have something to cling to
So you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good -

in short: more life!

Why Music Education?
Facts and Insights and the Benefits of Music Study




Throughout the 12 seasons of our existence, PaSO has had the pleasure and the honor of inviting some of Poland's best, most talented artists. We make an effort to work with both famous and renowned artists, but also to promote new local as well as Polish performers.

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