Supporting Local Musicians
Evanston In-School Music Association is a nonprofit arts and education organization that believes music is fundamental to a child’s education and personal development. Since 1971, EISMA has provided Evanston students the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate a diversity of live music performances throughout their elementary and middle school years.
EISMA Thanks Annual Supporters
We are thrilled to announce that the Illinois Arts Council Agency has once again awarded EISMA funds for our upcoming November 2017 concert series. We know their funding is limited and are honored to receive this support.
In addition, we are very grateful to all of our annual contributors, in particular the North End Mothers' Club and the Rubens Family Foundation.
Curriculum Guides and Programs
Access our education materials and official performance program provided to students and teachers for each concert series.
P.O. Box 1945
Evanston, IL 60204
Concerts for Kids Fall 2017 Series Announced
Son Monarcas Will Perform In Evanston Schools
In November 2017, the featured ensemble is Son Monarcas, a Chicago-based ensemble comprised of musicians who specialize in the Afro-Mestizo genres of Mexican folk music. They blend traditional styles with original arrangements, and take the audience on a musical and historical exploration of Mexico.
Irekani Ferreyra is steeped in Mexico's traditional music and plays jarana, violin, harp, guitarra de son, and guitar. He has performed in some of Chicago’s most acclaimed live music venues, in addition to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C.
Mercedes Martinez performs vocals, guitar, jarana, accordion, and zapateado and is also a visual artist and scenic/sound designer for theatre. She is Artistic Director of MAGI Cultural Art Center and gives lessons in piano, guitar, voice and accordion for Pulse Beat Music through the Chicago Public Schools.
Roberto Ferreyra plays percussion instruments such as guiro, clave, and Aztec drum as well as vocals, jarana, and dance. He has been an active artist and educator in Mexico as well as Chicago.
Sammie Torres is a percussionist and performs on congas, bongos, cajon, guiro, clave, and shekere. He performs, teaches, and leads workshops on Latin American rhythms and history throughout the Chicago area.
View the performance Calendar for dates, schools and performance times.
“One strong aspect of the program is the musical relationship created on stage. Showing our students how music must have a ‘give and take’ quality in playing with others is so important.”
-- Chute Middle School teacher
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