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11/5/2014 8:45:00 AM
Jillian Bacon (B'14) Starts Band Program in Palm Desert, CA.
Jillian Bacon (B'14), has started a band program at Cielo Vista Middle School in California, all with the help of a grant received from the H.N. and Frances...
9/20/2014 3:48:00 PM
Journey to Teach: Delaware - Chicago - California
Jillian Bacon's path to becoming a teacher has taken her many places!
Kristen Hjelmaas, the New Fine Arts Director at St. Peter Lutheran
Kristen Hjelmaas is the new Fine Arts Director at St. Peter Lutheran in arlington Heights. Hjelmaas will teach, K-8th grade general music, 4th-8th grade...
Back to Texas to Teach
Recent grad, Ashley Burton, will be returning to her home state of Texas to teach 1st through 5th grade general music at Royal Elementary in Pattison,...
International student to teach in CPS.
Abi Fernandez, Class of 2014, will be teaching general music and piano at Peace and Education Coalition High School.
8/19/2014 11:11:00 AM
Max Dykla to work in the South Berwyn School District.
Max Dykla has been hired as the K-5 General Music Teacher for Piper and Emerson Schools in the South Berwyn School District.​
8/19/2014 8:47:00 AM
Liz Limon to teach at Calmeca Academy of Fine Arts
Class of 2014 graduate, Elizabeth Limon, has secured a job teaching general music, band, and mariachi at Calmeca Academy of Fine Arts and Dual Language.

VanderCook Alumni Update



H.E. Nutt presenting at the 1973 Midwest Clinic





For a celebration of music and thanks as we dedicate the completed first phase of VanderCook's second building!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

2:00 PM

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Scholarship Award presentations

Prism Concert




On June 1, 2014 we started an alumni association membership drive.  Please help us reach our goal of 500 new or "re-newed" members by the end of the year. We have picked up 128 new members in the last two months and need your help to continue this growth.  VanderCook has always been a place of strong connections and incredible pride.  Thank you for playing such an important role in keeping that spirit strong.  If you have not joined, please consider doing so and if you are already a member please encourage your former classmates, students, friends, to join. Together we can create the type of excitment needed to take the Alumni Association to the next level.

Join the Alumni Association Today!




“What age should you be to start a band?  How about to start your musical training?  Well, these 4 youngsters think as SOON as possible!  Mr. VanderCook and Mr. Nutt would be proud, especially since two of the boys (the one in the green shirt & the one standing) are sons of Monica Wilhelm (‘06, MMEd).  These boys have joined forces with two good buddies to jam.  Maybe they will be jammin' at VanderCook someday!”




AAugust 25, 2014 Welcome Back BBQ (05:00 PM - 07:00 PM)
August 26, 2014 Fall Semester Begins (All Day Event)
September 03, 2014 Happy Birthday Hale A. VanderCook (All Day Event)
September 13, 2014 Middle Level HonorFest (08:00 AM - 05:00 PM)
September 14, 2014 Building Dedication Ceremony and Prism Concert (02:00 PM - 05:00 PM)
September 18, 2014 IMEA Audition Master Classes (06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)
September 22, 2014 Senior Day (All Day Event)
September 24, 2014 IMEA Audition Master Classes (06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)
October 09, 2014 Large Ensemble Concert (07:30 PM - 09:00 PM)
October 12, 2014 Chicago Marathon (All Day Event)
October 13, 2014 Audition/Visitation Day at VanderCook (08:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
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