Elgin Music Educator, Director Honored
April 20, 2023
ELGIN—Vilma Dydas, music director at St. Mary Parish and music teacher at St. Mary School, was recently awarded the “Arts Educator of the Year” award by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO).
 
The annual award honors arts teachers in the Elgin area for their achievement and dedication, and will be presented at a symphony concert May 6. 
 
Dydas coordinates yearly programs for Veterans Day and Christmas and directs the parish children’s choir. In class, she teaches songs to different age groups to present after school Masses and teaches instruments including bells, shakers and recorders.   
 
She also arranges opportunities for students to hear professional musical performances: musicals at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre,  ESO concerts and performances at the school by ESO ensembles, quintets and solo musicians. 
 
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