Voice Classes



Dear Friends,

Yesterday morning, Monday, November 17, 2014 the Old Town School of Folk Music lost a dear friend, teacher and colleague, Gwen Pippin. Gwen, performing since she was 13 on the road with her family, has been a veteran to the piano bar and nightclub scene in Chicago since the late 1970's. She brought her unique and fun-filled teaching methods to Old Town School in 1998, offering powerful and inspiring classes in singing technique and performance training. Over the years, Gwen has guided and coached hundreds of students at all levels of ability from complete beginner to professional musician to become more confident in their ability to sing out loud, proud and strong.

Gwen not only gave the gift of vocal training and coaching, she also inspired and empowered her students to grow as individuals through their art and performance. Gwen cultivated a powerful community of students around her and her classes that not only learned in class together, but shared their lives beyond the classroom. Whether getting together for lunch, to work on some music or go out for an evening of piano bar fun, Gwen's students came together to celebrate themselves and their teacher. No matter what the challenge in her personal life, Gwen always showed up for her students and had intentions on teaching a modified schedule for the January 2015 class session.

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago and the greater arts community has lost one of its powerhouses. We do not know of a specific memorial service planned by family and friends yet, however, the school intends to offer a celebration of her time as a teacher, as only it can through song, before the end of the year. All of her students currently registered for classes will be contacted by the school to arrange for other classes or a refund of their registration. Please join the school's administration, faculty and student community as we take a moment to offer gratitude for the life of Gwen Pippin and the amazing joy she brought to the teaching of music and performance.

Thank you, Gwen.

Bau Graves

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