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Teachers at the Old Town School

Liz Chidester

Ukulele, Wiggleworms Program, Voice, Piano,Guitar

Liz's classrooms are calm but playful, and encourage new friendships. While everyone learns at a different pace and has different strengths, Liz believes we can all find a way to play together.

Liz Chidester, from the mountains of Virginia, moved to Chicago in 2013 and resides as a singer, songwriter, actor, and teaching artist. Her recordings with her band LIZ AND THE LOVELIES include People Pumping Pedals (2014), Otter Hill EP (2015), Progress Into Simplicity EP (2017) and My Way/Your Way Single (2018). 

She was a Midwestern Finalist in NPR’s NewSong Songwriting Contest 2014, nominated for Best Female Vocalist in the Chicago Music Awards 2015, and was a finalist in the NewSong Leaf Songwriter Competition 2016. Progress into Simplicity was nominated for 'Best Roots EP' in the 2018 Independent Music Awards, and was in the top 4 at the Silversound Showdown Battle of the Bands 2018 in Brooklyn, NY.

As an actor, Liz is a Company Member of FIREBRAND THEATRE, the first feminist equity musical theatre company, and was critically acclaimed for her role of "Lizzie Borden" in LIZZIE. She won 2 Equity Jeff Awards for her role "Vi Petty" in American Blues Theatres' BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY in 2018, and a Non-Equity Jeff for her role of "Laura" in Refuge Theatre Project's HIGH FIDELITY in 2017. She has worked with Chicago Children's Theatre, Cabinet of Curiosity, Sideshow Theatre Company, Mercury Theatre, Theatre at the Center, and Route 66 as an actor, teaching artist, and composer. She is represented by Shirley Hamilton Inc.
 
Before moving to Chicago, she was singing all over the world as a lounge singer with Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America Line. She has her BM from James Madison University in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Started at the Old Town School in May of 2015

Education: James Madison University, BM

Started at the Old Town School in May of 2015

Upcoming Workshops

Wiggleworms Mixtape

Open to All

$22 ($20 members)

Mon. September 16, 9:30 AM – 10:10 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Kids Group Class – 

Wiggleworms Mixtape

Open to All

$22 ($20 members)

Mon. September 16, 10:30 AM – 11:10 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Kids Group Class – 

Private Lessons in the 8-week session beginning 09/02/2019

Mondays 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Tuesdays 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at 4545 N Lincoln Ave
Wednesdays 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave
Thursdays 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm at 4544 N Lincoln Ave


Group Classes for the session beginning 09/02/2019

Ukulele 1 with Liz Chidester

$177 ($168 members)

09/09/2019 – 10/21/2019 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 6:30 PM – 7:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Class is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

Ukulele 2 with Liz Chidester

$177 ($168 members)

09/09/2019 – 10/21/2019 (7 meetings)

Mondays · 8:00 PM – 9:20 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Wiggleworms 12-24 months with Liz Chidester

for kids with birthdays between: 09/03/2017 and 11/03/2018

$312 ($292 members)

09/03/2019 – 12/17/2019 (16 meetings)

Tuesdays · 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Sibling Wiggleworms with Liz Chidester

for kids with birthdays between: 09/03/2014 and 04/03/2019

$156 ($146 members)

09/03/2019 – 10/22/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Wiggleworms 2 years with Liz Chidester

for kids with birthdays between: 09/03/2016 and 11/03/2017

$312 ($292 members)

09/03/2019 – 12/17/2019 (16 meetings)

Tuesdays · 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Teen Ukulele: Strumming and Fingerpicking with Liz Chidester

Are you looking to take your uke skills to the next level? Focusing on strumming and fingerpicking patterns, technique, and arrangement, this class will help your uke covers pop. For late beginner and intermediate uke players.

$152 ($142 members)

09/03/2019 – 10/22/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ukulele Choir with Liz Chidester

for kids with birthdays between: 09/08/2006 and 11/08/2011

$188 ($178 members)

09/08/2019 – 10/27/2019 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 10:00 AM – 10:55 AM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Ukulele 2 with Liz Chidester

$202 ($192 members)

09/08/2019 – 10/27/2019 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave