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Old Town School of Folk Musics' Teacher Night

Join us as some of the talented teachers at the Old Town School of Folk Music take to the stage.

Featuring: Temple Schultz and Bill Brickey. Hosted by Cathy Norden.

Cathy teaches piano, guitar, music theory, and ensembles. She is also the department chair for the kids' group piano program at the Old Town School of Folk Music. In addition to piano and guitar, at various points she's also played bass, drums, sousaphone, banjo, and viola. Favorite musical endeavors include supporting roles in The Snow Queen at Victory Gardens Theatre, the Buzzkills, the Marching Illini, the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, the Hushdrops, and John's People. Her current main project is Cathy Norden and Her Heroes. In piano lessons, Cathy's students develop reading skills and understanding of music theory, as well as unscripted comping, ear training, and improvisation across all musical genres. Her guitar classes include learning plenty of rock and roll, and music theory. The ensembles she teaches are purely for love of the style. Past and present ensembles include Neil Young, the Beach Boys, Harry Nilsson, Carole King, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, the Monkees, and Steely Dan.

Temple Schultz
Raised in a creative family environment, Temple began piano, acting, and dance lessons at age 5, and classical voice lessons at age 10. She was considered a "triple threat," being talented in many different art forms. Where most kids spent summers playing outside, Temple had lead roles such as Annie and Oliver at summer stock theatre companies. At age 14, she left her hometown of South Bend, Indiana for boarding school. Her mature classical voice earned her a full scholarship to prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Classical singing always came effortlessly for Temple, but her passion was in contemporary music. She remembers listening to Led Zeppelin on headphones while waiting to go on stage for Opera performances. Following her interest in contemporary music, Temple attended the University of Miami, FL, which garners one of the top jazz programs in the world. During her college years, Temple honed her performing chops in various cover bands on Miami’s South Beach club scene. It wasn’t until Temple moved to Chicago in 1995 that she wrote her first song, Should I Believe, which the Chicago Reader called a “first-rate country song.” A first place songwriting award for her song,Wanting You, won Temple a showcase at the Mint in Los Angeles. Her many years of formal training has also kept Temple busy in other areas of Chicago's professional music scene. Since moving to Chicago she has performed with bands including Umphrey’s McGee, Tributosauras and solo artists including Gloria Estefan. Between writing and performing, Temple teaches voice, piano, songwriting, and guitar at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and arts-integrated curriculum in Chicago Public Schools.

Bill Brickey
Bill Brickey has been a performing artist all of his life. From his humble beginnings as a member of the Troy Crauhgwell grade school choir in Joliet, to his first paying gig as a roadie for musician/comedian Skip Griparis, [New Colony Six, Olivia Newton John], Bill has demonstrated an unrelenting passion and deep understanding of the performing arts.

A 22 year veteran of the Old Town School of Folk Music and founding member of the Chicago area bands Red Handed, Steam Shovel, BLT, Wood, Bone & Steel, Come Sunday, whose first recorded received a rare 3.5 stars from Downbeat Magazine, and Count the Days, Bill has become accustomed to sharing his gifts, talents, skills and experience with his students, making this invitation to work with Temple Schulz and Cathy Norden a very special milestone for him and his work.

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