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Maxwell Street Klezmer Band plays klezmer, a combination of traditional, Eastern European music and American jazz as played by early immigrant musicians.The band has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and appear regularly on NPR, PBS and WFMT. They will perform in Evanston schools November 3-18, 2014.

Diane Delin is a Chicago-based jazz violinist, composer, educator and producer. and a Downbeat Critics Poll “Rising Star.” Her participatory educational program, “Jazz Talk,” has been presented to thousands of students. Ms. Delin will perform in Evanston Schools March 16-31, 2015.

See the 2014-2015 Series Announcement for details about the November and March programs. Our May 2014 newsletter also contains additional news and information.


Since 1971 the Evanston In-School Music Association (EISMA), a not-for-profit community organization, has presented professional music programs that bring the joy and appreciation of music to elementary and middle school students in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 in Illinois.

Our organization:

  • Offers Concerts for Kids to all Evanston/Skokie School District 65 public elementary and middle schools, special education schools, and private schools.
  • Works with music educators, parents, and community members to inspire students with an appreciation for the diversity and influence of the world's music.
  • Raises funds to bring artists to our community for forty-eight performances each year.
  • Enables 7,400 students every year to experience the joy of music.


Occidental Brothers International Dance BandEach year EISMA presents two Concerts for Kids series. Over the course of their years in District 65, from grade K to grade 8, students have the opportunity to participate in eighteen different professional music programs representative of the diverse ethnic community of Evanston/Skokie.

EISMA provides music teachers with pre-performance materials to enhance student understanding and appreciation for each concert.

Students sample the full range of musical styles performed by varying combinations of strings, brass, voice, and woodwinds, reflecting the traditions of many eras and cultures. The artists sponsored have included some of the best musicians in the Chicago area, such as Howard Levy, Special Consensus, Corky Siegel, the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Lamajamal, Reginald Robinson, and Quintet Attacca.

Students have the opportunity to interact with singers, dancers, and instrumentalists, who share their craft, instruments, and love of music.



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