Teachers at the Old Town School

Al Ehrich

Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Cello, Dance & Movement - Qi Gong

Styles - Blues, Jazz, Swing Music, Bebop, Classical, Folk, Rock, Pop

Techniques - Scales, Chords, Playing in All Keys, Music Theory, Use of the Bow, Playing in Ensembles, Accompanying Singers, Improvisation

Al likes to share what he knows with students so they can have fun with music. He tries to encourage them to play music with others as well as play alone. He sometimes talks about music history and musicians, and he includes his own experiences with performing and playing.

Al has done a lot of touring: Overseas tours in Brazil 1976 with a jazz big band, Denmark, Sweden and Finland 1986 with the Glen Ellyn Children's Choir, Germany and Poland 1999, Italy 2000 with the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble. Performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam 2006 with the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble. Numerous tours in the US and Canada with ensembles and theater shows. Have performed with Johnny Hartmann, Jimmy Witherspoon, Freddy Cole, Von Freeman, Steve Allen, Bob Hope, George Burns, Dionne Warwick, Johnny Mathis, Gladys Knight, Los Treyes Reyes, Bonnie Koloc, Michael Miles, Weavermania, Sons of the Never Wrong, among others. Member of jazz/gospel group Come Sunday scheduled to tour Colombia in September 2014. Member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago 1983-85 and the Northwest Indiana Symphony 1985-86.

Education: Masters of Music, Northwestern University; Bachelor of Music, University of Miami

Started at the Old Town School in April of 1989


Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 06/26/2017

Mondays 3:30 pm – 10:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Group Classes for the session beginning 06/26/2017

Studio - Qi Gong with Al Ehrich
Clear your mind, and change tense practice into flowing play. Beginners welcome.
$0 ($0 members)
for 6 weeks
06/28/2017 – 08/16/2017Wednesdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveClass is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info
Introduction to Cello with Al Ehrich
Please note the end date below! All summer cello classes will run for six weeks instead of eight.
$147 ($140 members)
for 6 weeks
07/02/2017 – 08/06/2017Sundays · 10:00 AM – 11:20 AM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Cello 1 with Al Ehrich
Please note the end date below! All summer cello classes will run for six weeks instead of eight.
$147 ($140 members)
for 6 weeks
07/02/2017 – 08/06/2017Sundays · 11:30 AM – 12:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Cello 2 with Al Ehrich
Please note the end date below! All summer cello classes will run for six weeks instead of eight.
$147 ($140 members)
for 6 weeks
07/02/2017 – 08/06/2017Sundays · 1:30 PM – 2:50 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW
Cello 3 with Al Ehrich
Please note the end date below! All summer cello classes will run for six weeks instead of eight.
$147 ($140 members)
for 6 weeks
07/02/2017 – 08/06/2017Sundays · 3:00 PM – 4:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveREGISTER NOW

Group Classes for the session beginning 09/04/2017

Studio - Qi Gong with Al Ehrich
Clear your mind, and change tense practice into flowing play. Beginners welcome.
$ ($ members)
for 8 weeks
09/06/2017 – 10/25/2017Wednesdays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM4545 N Lincoln AveClass is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000