Old Town School will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

Women's History Month

Celebrate the incredible contributions of women musicians and artists with a fantastic series of workshops and concerts!

Saturday, March 9, 3:30 PM · 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.

Women’s War Songs and Beyond with Barbara Silverman

As a celebration of the evolution of women in this past century, we will hone in on the music that reflects women's role in the World War II and post-war era.


Saturday, March 16, 10:00 AM · 4545 N. Lincoln Ave Ave.

Playdate at Old Town School: Irish Fiddle and Dance with Anna Jacobson, Nora Kerr, Youth String Band, and Friends

In celebration of Irish folk and just in time for St. Patrick's Day, it is a joyful morning of Irish Step Dance and stirring fiddle jigs, airs, and reels from Ireland. In this interactive Playdate, sing an Irish tune and dance an Irish jig!


Saturday, March 16, 2:00 PM · 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.

Pauline Oliveros and Sonic Meditations with Kate Walsh and Emily Robinson

In honor of Women's history month, we present a workshop about Pauline Oliveros, who was a composer, performer, humanitarian and influential thinker and music maker. This workshop will explore the basics of Pauline's philosophy about sound improvisation and deep listening, and as a group, we will perform pieces together from Oliveros's Sonic Meditations, sound exercises described as "recipes for listening", using our breath, voices, and bodies.


Sunday, March 17, 3:00 PM · 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.

Great Gals of Traditional Music with Peggy Browning & Judy Higgins

Get to know these pivotal women in traditional music: Ola Belle Reed, a folk singer and songwriter who often focused on Appalachian life and traditions; Chicago’s own Ella Jenkins, who celebrates and incorporates the cultures and traditions she’s encountered; and the duo of Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard.


Wednesday, March 20, 8:30 PM · 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.

Amina Figarova Sextet
Road to the Sun
World Music Wednesday

Azerbaijan-born, globe-trotting composer and pianist Amina Figarova introduces a collection of colorful, compelling new compositions performed by her touring sextet on her new album Road to the Sun.


Friday, March 22, 6:30 PM · 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.

THE SOCIAL - Voice of the People with Mary Peterson and Linda Smith

For Women's History Month, we sing songs by, for, and about women. All voices are welcome!


Saturday, March 23, 3:00 PM · 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.

Indigo Girls Singalong with Laura Doherty & Cat Tager

At this gathering, we'll sing and play some of the Indigo Girls' popular tunes with their signature silky harmonies. An Indigo Girls trivia game will wrap up the eve.


Sunday, March 24, 3:00 PM · 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.

Lead Guitar for Ladies with Laura Doherty

Unlock the mystery of playing lead guitar in a supportive setting of other women.


Sunday, March 24, 3:00 PM · 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.

Cherish the Ladies
with special guest Connie Kaldor

For more than three decades, Cherish The Ladies has shared timeless Irish traditions and good cheer with audiences worldwide.


Saturday, March 30, 1:00 PM · 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.

Baila Bomba, Toca Plena with Las BomPleneras

Las BomPleneras is an all-female ensemble dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and growth of the Puerto Rican culture through the music and dance genres of Bomba and Plena. The workshop will explore various rhythms within Bomba through dance, and explore the world of Plena through percussion.


Sunday, March 31, 2:00 PM · 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.

Writing From Within a Woman’s Being with Jenny Bienemann

A 120-minute experiential workshop focused on being present within your body as a woman, directing your focus, and allowing a partnership with inspiration that brings art that pleases you to life. Participants will receive writing prompts, visualization and focusing techniques, and a specific-to-this-workshop hand drawn play sheet.