Harpsichord, Keyboard Faculty
Shirley Grudzien (neé Makus) has a Master of Music from Northwestern University and a B.M. from The Hartt College of Music (Univ. of Hartford) in harpsichord performance – minoring in organ, Baroque performance practice, music history & theory. She attended The Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College, and studied harpsichord at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor with Edward Parmentier.
Mrs. Grudzien has been a member of The Civic Orchestra of The Chicago Symphony – performing Bach’s 5th Brandenburg Concerto (4 years), the Chicago Opera Theatre orchestra – performing Mozart's, “Cosi fan Tutti” & Gluck's, “Orpheus and Euridice”, The Apollo Chorus of Chicago orchestra – Handel’s “Messiah”(11 years), Lake Shore Symphony with Russell Vinick – performing Handel’s “Messiah,” and Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony, Music of The Baroque, and on tour with The Rome Festival Orchestra in Italy. She performed twice on the celebrated Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series – solo harpsichord and with her trio, The Ariel Ensemble, Chicago. She has been the piano accompanist for the Austrian Mixed Chorus of Chicago for over 20 years. They have performed at Navy Pier, The Daley Center, The Austrian Consulate and several Christmas programs at The Museum of Science and Industry. She toured Luxembourg with The Chicago Kanner Koeur, playing organ at the cathedrals of Echternach and Luxembourg City.
Locally, Shirley was Assistant Organist at St. Raphael, Naperville; Assistant Music Director at St. Michael, Wheaton; and Interim Organist/Director of Music at Redeemer Lutheran, Hinsdale. She has been harpsichord soloist on several concert series including St. John’s Lutheran, Lombard; Marmion Abbey, Aurora; Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago; Cantigny; and the Morton Arboretum. She is a substitute organist in the Chicago/Fox Valley areas, is a harpsichord performer & teacher and works with many composers as a music typesetter. Currently she performs with The DuPage Symphony Orchestra.