Jessica Walker Accepts Prestigious Honor & Joins Oakton's Six Piano Ensemble

AMA Dance & Music School’s piano instructor Jessica Walker is one of the youngest members ever to be invited to perform in the prestigious Six Piano Ensemble.

Des Plaines, IL, April 07, 2013 --( Founded in 1980 by conductor Glenna Sprague, Oakton professor and coordinator of music, the Six Piano Ensemble – comprised of adult students chosen through a highly selective audition process – performs classical, ragtime, and popular music transcribed for six pianos by Professor Sprague. The rich, layered sound of the Six Piano Ensemble compares to that of an orchestra, with each member playing a different part of a composition as the melody transfers from pianist to pianist.

It’s the only group of its kind in the world, hailed by critics from Vienna to Honolulu as “extraordinary,” “unique,” and “innovative.”

The artistic success of the Six Piano Ensemble has resulted in prominent concert engagements across the United States and Europe, including the College Music Society International Conference in Vienna, Austria; numerous MTNA state conferences; Music Teachers Association of California State Convention in Los Angeles; and Hawaii Music Teachers Association in Honolulu. The group has also made appearances in the Chicago area, including the Civic Opera House, Navy Pier, and the Harold Washington Library.

In 2008, renowned composer Robert Vandall created a special piece for the Six Piano Ensemble – Oakton Toccata, published by Alfred Publishing Company.

AMA Dance & Music School’s music instructor, Jessica Walker, is one of the youngest members ever to be invited to perform in the prestigious Six Piano Ensemble.

“Three years ago I went to see the Six Piano Ensemble perform and was completely blown away!” says Ms. Walker. “Since then, I’ve anticipated their annual performances at Oakton Community College and have taken some of my piano students with me to see them play. We always have a great time and leave inspired.”

She continues. “I never ever dreamed of being in this prestigious group. I thought I’d have to play piano for 20 more years to even be considered good enough. However, I have been taking private piano lessons with Professor Sprague, and this past year I was invited to become a member of the ensemble.”

This year’s concerts feature Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21 by Beethoven; Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1058 by J.S. Bach; Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 1a by Clementi; Legend in D Minor, Op. 59 by Dvorak; and more.

Performance dates are Saturday, April 27th, at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 28th, at 3:00 p.m., in the Footlik Theater at Oakton Community College, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines.

The concert is an hour in length and followed by a reception. Individual tickets are $17 ($14 for seniors). AMA Dance & Music School is getting a group together and tickets will be discounted to $12. Contact the AMA office at 847-299-2233 to learn more.

About AMA Dance & Music School:

AMA Dance & Music School’s goal is to encourage the personal growth of each and every student who walks through its doors. Owner and Studio Director Ann Marie Frank has taught dance for over 25 years in the Park Ridge and Des Plaines communities, and is well known for her energetic style, original choreography and contagious excitement. Passionate about the performing arts, the school began offering private music lessons in 2008. In 2012, a preschool music class was added. AMA intends to create a performing arts school where children and adults can come together, grow and excel in a nurturing cultural environment.
AMA Dance & Music School
Ann Marie Frank, Owner and Director