Fall Festival


Our annual major event is the highly anticipated themed Festival in October. Students of Salt Creek teachers study a composition according to the chosen theme in preparation for the Festival. Three performances on Festival Day give nearly 100 students an opportunity to perform their piece and receive a participation trophy and accolades from family and friends.  Past themes have included such various genres as Sonatas, Dances, Movie Music,  Jazz, Rag and Blues;  and diverse topics like Patriotic Songs, Animals.  Special Festivals have featured pieces we have commissioned from Kevin Olson, Christopher Goldston and in 2015 Robert D. Vandall.


Oct. 21, 2018: Festival of Chopin & Fundraiser for Grant Park Statue

St. John's Lutheran Church
47th St. & Brainard Ave., La Grange IL
Afternoon, Time TBA    

The Chicago Chopin Foundation introduced the plan to erect a statue to commemorate the legendary pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin  shortly after the composer's 200th birthday in 2010. The Chicago Park District has approved the plan , and now the Chicago Chopin Foundation  is raising the funds to have the statue built. The statue will be a replica of the memorial in Warsaw, with a surrounding garden  and space for live performances, according to Bob O'Neill of the Grant Park Conservancy.

There is currently no set timeline on when the Chopin statue will be completed.  Once it is erected, however, the statue and small garden will transform Grant Park. Pictures and map illustrations can be found at the following websites:

SCMTA is trying to help the fundraising effort through our Festival of Chopin’s music. Please consider making a donation towards funding the statue and garden that will provide musical performances.

To make a donation,

1. send a check payable to Salt Creek MTA ℅ Patti Nyien, 830 Franklin Street, Westmont, IL 60559

2. send a check payable to the Chicago Chopin Foundation: 723 Arlington Road. Riverside, IL 60546.

3. deposit to PNC Bank in any PNC branch directly to the  Chicago Chopin Foundation account.

4. go online to https://www.chopingarden.com/home or www.chopinmonumentinchicago.com/sites/project.php make a payment by clicking on “Donate now”, with memo: from SCMTA via (your name).



Past Festivals
2017 Glorious Grands: A Piano Extravaganza! III    Commissioned “Sweet Salt Creek Suite”
2016 Animals:  Themes, Imitations
2015 Robert Vandall Festival    Commissioned “Chicagoland”
2014 Glorious Grands: A Piano Extravaganza! II
2013 Patriotic Music from Around the World
2012 A Festival of Music with a Friend
2011 Glorious Grands: A Piano Extravaganza! I
2010 A Festival of Jazz, Rag and Blues
2009 Christopher Goldston Festival    Commissioned "Scenes of Salt Creek"
2008 A Festival of Movie Music
2007 A Festival of Folk Music From Around the World
2006 Asian Music Festival
2005 Kevin R. Olson Festival
2004 A Sonata Festival
2003 Music with a Friend
2002 A Celebration of Programme Music
2001  A Festival of Dance Music
2000 A Festival of Modern Music
1999  20th Century Music Festival
1998  A Sonata Festival