Music & Dance Events


Throughout the year, Woodlawn Arts Academy offers a number of music and dance performances. We understand that performance is an integral part of music and dance education, and students are offered several opportunities throughout the year. Our private music students perform in free recitals in January and May; our Rhythm-Quest Rocks! students put on two free rock concerts annually; and Woodlawn Dance Academy students perform in recitals the weekend after Memorial Day each year. Additional performances are added as they become available.

The Academy is also proud to have been chosen as the only Illinois location for the Arts Midwest World Fest 2017-19 tour cycle. Through this two-year partnership, Arts Midwest brings international music ensembles to the Sterling area. Groups share their unique language, culture and music through workshops, presentations and a public concert celebration. We are grateful for our local sponsors of this series:


Woodlawn Arts Academy
Proudly Presents

Rhythm-Quest Rocks! FREE Rock Concerts

Monday, November 19, 2018 and Monday, April 15, 2019

6pm in the J. Mark Beaty Performance Center at Woodlawn Arts Academy

Featuring Rhythm-Quest Rocks! students, ages 12-adult, under the direction of Ramiro Martinez Jr.



Savant Capital Management
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The Nutcracker

A Woodlawn Arts Academy Production

Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 6:30pm; and Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 2pm at Centennial Auditorium, Sterling High School

Tickets are $10 each, on sale now at centennialauditorium.org. For wheelchair accessible seating, please call (815) 622-3248 or visit the Centennial Auditorium box office during open hours beginning Monday, October 15, 2018.

Kick off the holiday season with this classic holiday ballet starring:

PARTY GIRLS - Annabelle Blevins, Morelia Vargas, Bella Carroll, Carly Dallas, Halli Grot, Jorja Boyles, Sammi Oyen

PARTY BOYS - Makenna Wolfe, Joviana Hawkins, Ashlyn Terveer, Isaac Blevins

SOLDIERS - Mackenzie Wolfe, Kathleen Keesey, Makenna Wolfe, Faith Garza, Dani Jo Garza, Dailey Damhoff, Ella Strader

CLARA - Maddey Oyen

FRITZ - Jack McGrail

DROSSELMEYER - Alice Sotelo

NUTCRACKER - TBD

RAT KING - Addison Andrews

MAIDS - Makayla Wolfe, Dailey Damhoff, Faith Garza

HOUSEKEEPER - Emma Olson

MICE - Lilly Reaver, Annabelle Blevins, Morelia Vargas, Gwen Geiger, Tylar Garza, Ronni Oyen, Makenna Wolfe, Jade Setchell, Avery VanOosten, Bella Carroll

SNOWFLAKES Kaydence Larson, Marisa Salmon, Jessica Payne, Alice Sotelo, Taylor Masters, Bridget Adamec, Annie McGrail, Avery VanOosten, Addison Andrews, Emma Olson

ANGELS - Faith Garza, Makayla Wolfe, Makenna Wolfe, Carly Dallas, Joviana Hawkins, Gwen Geiger, Kathleen Keesey, Annabelle Blevins, DaniJo Garza, Ella Strader

RUSSIAN - Alice Sotelo, Lilly Reaver, Addison Andrews, Marisa Salmon, Mackenzie Wolfe

GINGER SNAPS - Jorja Boyles, Jade Setchell, Ashlyn Terveer, Ronni Oyen, Bella Carroll, Isaac Blevins, Tylar Garza, Jack McGrail

SUGAR PLUM FAIRY - Taylor Masters

SPANISH - Bridget Adamec, Kaydence Larson, Jessica Payne

ARABIAN - Avery VanOosten, Emma Olson, Halli Grot

CHINESE - Mackenzie Wolfe, DaniJo Garza, Morelia Vargas, Kathleen Keesey, Lilly Reaver, Halli Grot

SHEPHERDESSES - Taylor Masters, Bridget Adamec

FLOWERS - Kaydence Larson, Marisa Salmon, Jessica Payne, Alice Sotelo, Emma Olson, Annie McGrail, Avery VanOosten, Addison Andrews, Makayla Wolfe, Dailey Damhoff


Savant Capital Management Special thanks to our title sponsor, Savant Capital Management.

Businesses and individuals interested in sponsoring this production should contact our advertising agency, Stahr Media, at advertising@stahrfamily.com or (815) 499-6736 before November 1, 2018.


Woodlawn Arts Academy
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Sofi & the Baladis - Live in Concert

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 7pm at Centennial Auditorium, Sterling High School

Tickets are $10 each and go on sale November 8, 2018 online at centennialauditorium.org.

A five-member ensemble led by singer Sofi Tsedaka, Israel’s Sofi & the Baladis features soulful and richly textured performances of an array of musical traditions that lie at the heart of Israel’s diverse and historic cultures. The group’s multi-lingual concerts present new interpretations of songs from the ancient Samaritan community as well as compelling vocal and instrumental work from mid-20th century Arabic composers. Their music transcends genres and moves easily from deeply spiritual to an upbeat and rhythmic style that captivates and brings audiences to their feet. The commentary Sofi provides throughout the concert tells the moving and powerful story of the Samaritan Tsedaka family and their search for balance as they navigate the pathway between their Jewish and Arab identities.

Arts Midwest World Fest presents international music ensembles in the nine-state region it serves with the goal of connecting small and mid-sized Midwestern communities to world cultures. Arts Midwest’s organization-wide mission is to “promote creativity, nurture cultural leadership, and engage people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives.”


A program of Arts Midwest, the 2017–2019 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Hearst Foundations, 3M, the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program, the Kaufman Family Fund for Israeli Cultural Exchange, the Nordic Culture Fund, and Music Norway. Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese Heritage Foundation Grants Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation for Manhu. Funding for Sofi & the Baladis is provided in part by contributions from the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest; Israel Lottery Council for Culture & Arts; and Music Port.

Arts Midwest is also generously supported by Illinois Arts Council Agency, Indiana Arts Commission, Iowa Arts Council, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Minnesota State Arts Board, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and Wisconsin Arts Board.


Woodlawn Arts Academy
Proudly Presents

Our 2019 Winter Music Recitals

Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 10am and 2pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling

Support music education by attending our free music recitals featuring students age 5-adult singing and playing a variety of instruments.


Location subject to change.


Woodlawn Arts Academy
Proudly Presents

Ondekoza - Live in Concert

Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7pm at Centennial Auditorium, Sterling High School

Tickets are $10 each and go on sale approximately one month before the concert at Woodlawn Arts Academy (cash or check only) or online at centennialauditorium.org. All seating is general admission.

The five-member ensemble Ondekoza features the delicate and soulful sounds of the shakuhachi and the sheer power of the taiko drums. Fusing incredible athleticism, pounding rhythms, and peaceful melodies, Ondekoza’s performance will leave you inspired and energized. The ensemble has captivated audiences across the globe since 1969 when the group first began. At the foundation of Ondekoza’s style is a unique combination of physical fitness, running, and drumming—a philosophy called sogakuron, where “running and drumming are one, and a reflection of the drama and energy of life.” They demonstrated this principle in 1975 in Boston where, after completing the Boston Marathon, Ondekoza immediately ran on stage and performed a full concert. Ondekoza members live together in Japan, running and drumming at the base of Mt. Fuji.

Arts Midwest World Fest presents international music ensembles in the nine-state region it serves with the goal of connecting small and mid-sized Midwestern communities to world cultures. Arts Midwest’s organization-wide mission is to “promote creativity, nurture cultural leadership, and engage people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives.”


A program of Arts Midwest, the 2017–2019 Arts Midwest World Fest cycle is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Hearst Foundations, 3M, the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program, the Kaufman Family Fund for Israeli Cultural Exchange, the Nordic Culture Fund, and Music Norway. Additional support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese Heritage Foundation Grants Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation for Manhu. Funding for Sofi & the Baladis is provided in part by contributions from the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest; Israel Lottery Council for Culture & Arts; and Music Port.

Arts Midwest is also generously supported by Illinois Arts Council Agency, Indiana Arts Commission, Iowa Arts Council, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Minnesota State Arts Board, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and Wisconsin Arts Board.


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