ELBURN – When Da Capo Music Studio opened in November 2009, it occupied a small room at the Elburn Community Center, and co-owners Ben Westfall and Kristin Paxinos were the sole instructors, a news release stated.
Now, nine years later, it has a roster of close to 150 students, has hired three new instructors, added voice, saxophone and clarinet to the list of instruments taught, and is planning its second move and expansion.
In 2013, Da Capo moved from the Elburn Community Center to the Prairie Valley North Commercial Complex. Now, five years later, it again needs more space and is planning a move to the Jewel Shopping Plaza, 870 N. Main St., Elburn, the release stated.
The new studio will feature a larger recital area for the monthly student recitals.
Since Da Capo opened, performance has been a core component of its curriculum. In 2015, it was featured in David Cutler’s book “The Savvy Music Teacher,” a collection of 100 successful music teachers from around the country. Da Capo was featured in the book because it hosts more student recitals than any other studio in the country, the release stated.
Since 2010, Da Capo has hosted more than 140 recitals and will have at least a dozen more before the end of the year.
In addition to group recitals, Da Capo also encourages students to perform solo recitals.
The students prepare and perform 30 to 45 minutes of solo repertoire and use their concerts as a fundraising event for a cause that is important to them. Past solo recitals have raised money for the Aurora Christian School music programs, the Yorkville Middle School art department and Convoy of Hope.
A solo flute recital scheduled for June 9 will raise money for the Nate Kok Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund was set up in remembrance of Aurora Christian High School student Nate Kok, who passed away after a car accident in October 2017.
For information, visit dcmusicstudio.com or call 630-777-2955.