Music Group

The Orpheus Music Group program has been restructured for the upcoming year. We believe these changes will offer a more comprehensive and effective program. Here is a summary of the updates:

1. The program will now be organized and coordinated by Eve Monzingo and George Lawler, the current music group directors. Orpheus is endorsing this effort and will be a collaborator to them and the goals of the restructured music program.
2. Program sessions shall take place on Thursdays at the same practice venue – St. Isaac Church in Niles (8149 Gold Road).
3. Registration fees shall be paid directly to the directors, Eve/George.
4. See additional information below about the sessions offered, along with schedule and fees. Do not hesitate to contact Eve/George at the designated e-mail address for additional information or discuss any other arrangements that may accommodate your musical interests.

Starting in 2018-2019 the structure of the music group will consist of two groups, the Balkan Brass Beat Band and the Mediterranean Orchestra.

Join us Thursday Nights, this fall, for the Orpheus Balkan Beat Brass Band.

The Orpheus Balkan Beat Brass Band is a unique opportunity for popular band instruments to explore the danceable rhythmic music of the Balkans, Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean area.
We will be playing orchestrated versions of folk and classical songs from Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia.
Open to band and folk instruments, all ages and levels. Learn by ear and with written music.

Seeking band and folk instruments including:
Trumpets, trombones, baritones, tubas.
Saxophones, clarinets, flutes, and other band instruments.
Accordions
Percussion

Come meet us at the open house and enrollment Thursday night September 20th @ St Isaac Jogues, 8149 W Golf Rd, Niles
6:30 - 8:30pm

Practices: Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
September 27 - November 15 (8 sessions)
Registration fee: 8 sessions and performance, $185

The Orpheus Balkan Beat Brass Band is a student and community band open to all ages and playing levels. Drawing the from folk music of Greece, the Balkans, and other areas, directors George Lawler and Eve Monzingo create arrangements written specifically for band members. Each rehearsal features a new piece and reviews of previous pieces all leading up to a final performance to be announced.
Parts for all levels, no previous experience with the genre required.

For more information contact Eve Monzingo at Evelynmonzingo@gmail.com
or visit the Balkan Beat Brass Band web site




Join us Thursday nights, this fall for the Orpheus Mediterranean Orchestra.
We will be playing orchestrated versions of folk and classical songs from Greece, Lebanon, Syria, Israel and Egypt. Open to orchestra and folk instruments, all ages and levels.
The Orpheus Mediterranean Orchestra is a student and community orchestra open to all ages and playing levels. Drawing the from folk music of Greece, the Leventine Coast and North Africa, directors George Lawler and Eve Monzingo create arrangements written specifically for orchestra members. Each rehearsal features a new piece and reviews of previous pieces all leading up to a final performance to be announced.

Come meet us at the open house and enrollment Thursday night September 20th @ St Isaac Jogues, 8149 W Golf Rd, Niles
6:30 - 8:30pm

Seeking orchestral and folk instruments including:
Violins and Violas
Cellos & Basses
Woodwinds
Student conductors
Guitars, Ouds, Bouzoukis, Saz, Kanun, and other folk instruments
Percussion – Darbuka, Frame drum

Practices: Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
September 27 - November 15 (8 sessions)
Registration fee: 8 sessions and performance, $185

Parts for all levels. Learn by ear and with written music.

For more information contact Eve Monzingo at Evelynmonzingo@gmail.com
or visit the Mediterranean Orchestra web site

All practices take place at the Niles practice facility
St. Issac Jogues Church
8149 Golf Road
Niles, IL 60714

Instructor Biographies

Eve Monzingo and George Lawler are a married couple who have been playing music and teaching together since they met in 2004. Both are experienced in a wide variety of styles of folk music from Greece, the Balkans, Turkey, and the Middle East. They have presented many educational workshops at Chicago area schools and universities, directed music programs for youths, and performed with a wide variety of music groups.

Accomplished percussionist and drum maker, George Lawler, learned the art of Arabic, North African and Balkan percussion from his Tunisian teacher, Nagib Bahri. Over the years, George developed an apprenticeship /internist role with Mr. Bahri leading classes on percussion and drum making at his workshop in Chicago and touring the United States performing Arabic percussion for belly dance competitions.

George has performed in France, Spain, Turkey, Bulgaria and the Netherlands with his Middle East/Balkan ensemble, Lamajamal, and has toured the U.S. and appeared on the Conan O'Brien Show with the 30 piece, self described, 'circus-punk' marching band, Mucca Pazza. George has also toured the U.S. with the rock festival tour "Warped".

Here in Chicago, George plays Greek folk percussion with clarinetist and local legend, Jim Stoynoff. He also plays congas and bongos with the African band, The Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, drum kit and gongs with the Chinese surf group, Red Chamber, and finally, Indian Tablas with the the DJ group, Bombay Beatbox.

George specialized in custom made frame drums and tambourines (defis) and is currently working with Loyola University Ceramics Professor, Vesna Jovanovich on handmade clay drums commonly known as daraboukas or touberlekis. His workmanship can be read about and viewed at his website, Jamoflage.com.

George presents percussion work­shops at Chicago Public Schools and directs a 33 piece drum line for five schools in North Lawndale. He has taught the Middle Eastern Rhythms class at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and since 2007, he and his wife, Eve Monzingo have been music directors for the Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society, providing musical instruction and performance for Greek and Balkan folk dance. George is a founding partner of Intercultural Music Production LLC, an organization that presents educational workshops, residencies and performances around the country.

George Lawler is a veteran of world and American music. He has performed on over 40 recording of rock, jazz, reggae, Arabic, and Balkan music going back to the 1980s. He produces and records in his home studio as well. George teaches private lessons on percussion, drum kit and guitar. George holds a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Illinois.

Eve Monzingo is a talented multi-instrumentalist who specializes in folk music of the Balkans, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. She was recently featured playing clarinet, santouri, flute and percussion in the Goodman Theatre production of Mirror of the Invisible World, directed and adapted by Tony Award winning director Mary Zimmerman.

Eve has performed in Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Germany, England and France with the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble, Die Naye Kaplye, (both Jewish folk music groups) and Lamajamal (mid-eastern/balkan music). Eve has also toured various parts of the U.S. with the comedic marching band Mucca Pazza (Italian for Mad Cow).
Eve began her journey into folk music by earning the Ethnic Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grant from the Illinois Art Council to study Greek clarinet music under Jim Stoynoff when she was still a teenager. She then went on to earn scholarships to attend various folk music conferences, including the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and Culture (commonly call Klezcamps), the Eastern European Folklife Group's Balkan Music and Dance Camps, and Simon Shaheen's Arabic Music Retreat.

Eve received a bachelor of arts degree from Roosevelt University where she studied classical composition and music theory with Dr. Robert Lombardo. Her composition credits include 1st prize in the American Jewish Song Festival (1994), 2nd prize in the Midwest American Chapter of Women Composers competition (1996), and 2nd prize for her string quartet in the Virginia and Seymour LaRock Composition Competition (2001). Her compositions are featured on the recordings "Sweet Home Bukovina" by the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble (1996) and “Trumpets" by the Amsterdam based klezmer group, DiFidl-Kapelye(2006).

Eve has taught group ensembles and workshops at the Old Town School of Music, KlezKanada in Montreal, the University of Chicago and Roosevelt University. She taught private lessons on piano, clarinet, flute and saxophone at Leapin' Lyrics Music School in Geneva Illinois for over five years and currently teaches private lessons from her home in Chicago.