2019-20 Season

We are excited to announce the 20119-20 season of the Ed Ward Fine Arts Series!

Our first concert will be a joint benefit with the glenhagen farm retreat. The founder of glenhagen, Nancy Hagen, and her husband Andy Tecson are long time supporters of the Fine Arts Series at St. Cletus. We are blessed to have this opportunity to work together to showcase these wonderful musicians while benefiting both organizations. More information about this concert can be found here.

Our second fall concert in October will feature flutist, Carolyn May who is the La Grange Elementary School Disctrict 102 band director. We are looking forward to hosting this talented local treasure. This concert will be held in St. Cletus Church free of charge.

In December we will welcome back the Jazz Nativity to St. Cletus Church. This concert is free of charge.

Friday, February 7 will be our annual Cabaret: Dueling Pianos Fundraiser. Tony Kidonakis will return to rock the night away. Tickets will be available in January.

Sunday, March 22 we host Victorious, Eternal Light: A Jazz Passion. In 2013 we held this concert at the Sisters of St. Joseph Chapel. This original jazz passion is a delight to behold. We look forward to hosting it on the Parish Center stage. This concert is presented free of charge.

Our artistic director, Justin Sisul, has taken on an emeritus roll after ten years of service. His legacy will continue for many years. Your continued generosity will help to endow the goals of the fine arts series as we continue to search for a new artistic director. More information about the position: 

Artistic Director, Ed Ward Fine Arts Series

Job Description

The Ed Ward Fine Arts Series (La Grange, Illinois), a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to present high quality musical performances showcasing local musical talent as well as musicians and ensembles from the broader artistic community, seeks an artistic director to begin July 1, 2019.  The Artistic Director provides artistic vision for the organization and is responsible for the leadership and direction of its performance activities including planning all artistic and logistical aspects of a five- to eight-event season, selecting performers and ensembles, acting as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors, and collaborating with the Board of Directors in developing an annual artistic plan and annual budget. Interested candidates should review the complete job description on our website at www.edwardfas.com. Salary range begins at $6,000/year, depending on qualifications.


  • Exceptional musicianship skills, with demonstrated experience.

  • Ability to successfully produce and manage musical events

  • Ability to employ team and group dynamics to work efficiently, effectively, and enthusiastically in rehearsals and as a board.

  • Ability to inspire and communicate effectively with volunteer musicians as well as professionals.

Please send resumes and letters of interest to edwardfinearts@gmail.com

The Ed Ward Fine Arts Series is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We completely rely on the generosity of our sponsors to bring these performances to St. Cletus Parish. We hope you will again continue lending your support as we continue our tradition of bringing excellent local performers and welcoming traveling ensembles to St. Cletus Parish and to the community at large. With the generosity of our sponsors we provide these performances for little or no cost to the audience.

Thank you to everyone who attends our events, the performers who provide their talents and our sponsors who make the series possible.