Cathy Szczech

Cathy S.

Burbank, IL
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About

Cathy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4 to 18

Teaching since:
April 2012

Hello! My name is Cathy, or as most people call me by my nickname, Kasia. I graduated Depaul University with a Music Composition degree with a focus on piano and harp and am currently studying Music Education at St. Xavier University. I have been teaching piano for over 7 years now. I enjoy teaching kids the art of music because it is what makes up everything we have in this world. I teach piano technique along with the art of piano performance and music theory for my students to understand what music is and what it is made up of. I make sure they understand what they are playing in order to understand the art itself. I am a very motivated and inspired person and the great connection that I make with my students is that I inspire them and they inspire me. I open their minds towards creativity and discipline. I have been playing the piano professionally for over 13 years now, I am also a classical harpist and I have my own musical duet called Magical Keys.
I teach the way my students are most comfortable with and I teach what fits their personality.

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Experience

A Magical Keys Christmas Concert
Jan 2018 - Present
Magical Keys

A Magical Keys Christmas is a show that I produced and directed, and consists of all my choirs from churches that I lead, all piano
and vocal students from the Magical Keys Studio and vocal ensembles from St. Xavier University. This show is something we put on for the community and accept donations to give to the church for help and support.

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Organist
Mar 2016 - Present
St Mary Queen of the Apostles

Organist
May 2011 - Present
St Albert The Great Church

Wedding, Entertainment Musicians
Mar 2010 - Present
Magical Keys

I have a duet called Magical Keys. This duet plays many weddings across Chicago. This ensemble features my sister Karen Szczech on violin and myself, on piano, harp, and vocals. We play all kinds of music, from classical, to pop, to gypsy folk tunes. We have played many weddings, and other occasions such as communions, birthday parties, etc. Since my sister and I are both studying music, we write most of our own music that we perform.

We play mostly at wedding ceremonies and receptions during dinner time. In the morning, we put on the classy long dresses as we fiddle the Canon in D on violin and harp while the bride walks down the isle, and in the afternoon we put on our Lady Gaga outfits, and put on an entertainment show for our guests while they enjoy their dinner.

We have much experience with performing and improvising for large audiences. We enjoy entertaining our guests while making them feel happy to see their loved ones commit to the love of their life.

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MusikFabrik Collaboration in Chicago & Germany
Oct 2015 - Jul 2016
Chicago Arts Initiative

This was a tour my group Chicago Arts Initiative went on in Germany to work, compose, and perform with one of the greatest new music ensembles in the world, MusikFabrik and the junior ensemble Studio MusikFabrik at the Darmstadt Music Festival taken place every year. Many composers and performers from all over the world come to this festival to join hands and make music out of this world.

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Italian Piano Festival
Jun 2014 - Jul 2014
Castelnuevo de Garfagnana, Italy Piano festival

Was accepted to an Italian International Piano Music Festival in Castelnuevo de Garfagnana, Italy for the summer of 2014. Was chosen to participate in studying with professors from Rome and give a solo performance.

Piano Student Exchange Program in Singapore
Jul 2013 - Jul 2013
Chicago Academy for the Arts

Education

Music Education and Choral Conducting
Aug 2017 - Present
St. Xavier University
Music Composition
Sep 2013 - Jun 2017
Depaul University
Piano and Composition
Aug 2009 - May 2013
Chicago Academy for the Arts

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
Polish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Composition Competition
Oct 2013
Dissonart Ensemble Call for Scores in Greece
Performance Scholarship
Aug 2013
Depaul University
Chopin Competition
Jun 2013
Chopin Theatre
Piano Competition
May 2012
Geneva piano competition

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A Magical Keys Christmas January 2018

Julka Nierzwicka; my vocal student, soloist.
A Magical Keys Christmas Concert Jan 2018 

Danny Perez; Soloist

Daughters of Mary Immaculate Choir; I direct and conduct at St Albert
A Magical Keys Christmas 2018

Soloist; Cathy Kasia Szczech

Violinist; Sister, Karen Szczech

Choir; Daughters of Mary Immaculate
A Magical Keys Christmas 2018

Soloist; Cathy Kasia Szczech

Choir; Daughters of Mary Immaculate
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Chris Jul 28, 2015
Piano · In studio

Cathy was more than exceptional teaching piano to my son. She communicates well with times to teach and has a lot of knowledge to pass on to her students. My son could play nearly an entire piece after a few lessons. We could not ask for a better teacher!

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