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

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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