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World Music Youth Orchestra and Band (tm)
presented by Jutta & the Hi-Dukes (tm)


A year-round performing group for teenage musicians to explore World Music


Held after school in south-central Evanston


All instruments welcome.


Participants must be able to play at least one octave on their chosen instrument and do simple sight reading.


Hi-Dukes world music orchestral program video See the Hi-Dukes teach world music

This school-year afternoon program is a unique opportunity for you to acquire the practical, hands-on knowledge to play the rhythms and scales of various types of non-Western music that will help you be a well-rounded player in today’s world.


Learn gorgeous musical scales like Hijaz, Sabach, and Ousak and exciting asymmetrical rhythms like Lesno (7/8) and Karshalama (9/8).


Improve your ensemble playing skills while gaining transformative understanding of cultures, such as Balkan Rom (Gypsy), Greek, Jewish, etc.


Various pages from the Hi-Dukes World Music Youth Orchestra and Band Program Workbook Sample of materials used in the program.

Plus, at the end of each season there will be a recital and at least one public performance to share what you have learned with the community.


Popular music is growing beyond 2/4 Time Signatures and Western Scales


This program will give you insight into how and why World Music plays an increasingly influential role in most areas of Western music, from Classical (such as Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble) to Pop (like Streetlight Manifesto’s Balkan/Klezmer-tinged Here’s To Life.)


Taught by experienced Musicians and Teachers


To register and for details call (847) 864-1022 between 10 AM and 10 PM

Jutta Distler and Terran Doehrer are members of Jutta & the Hi-Dukes, an Evanston, IL World Music band founded in 1990 that tours in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The band has a CD released on the Root-Blues record label, Earwig Music.


You’ll hear some of their personal stories of playing with famous musicians (like the Macedonian Gypsy singer, Esma Redzhepova), which underline their knowledge of culture, history, language, and musical performance.


Distler and Doehrer are full-time musicians and play various traditional ethnic instruments, like the Bulgarian end-blown flute, Greek baglama, Middle-eastern drums, and the world-famous ocarina. They also teach ethnic dance at Chicago’s Arcturus Waldorf teacher training program.


Over the past twenty five years the two have developed a dynamic method of teaching music and dance which helps young musicians internalize the rhythms so that the music is more than just a bunch of notes on a page. Before sitting down to play, participants discover the basic feel of each rhythm by learning to do the dance associated with that rhythm. This imparts a physical reality that improves your ability to feel the music’s groove.


The World Music Youth Orchestra and Band (tm) represents a wonderful chance for you to join with other young musicians to learn how to play World Music. Register to participate and start your own World Music journey.


Our Mission


We believe that when young musicians play World Music they gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live. Our goal is to encourage participants from all walks of life to explore the music of cultures other than their own while they concurrently develop their musical performance abilities and social skills.


The World Music Youth Orchestra & Band performs both sacred and secular music from many different cultures including Balkan, Gypsy (Rom), Jewish, Greek, Scandinavian, French Canadian, etc.


Scenes from Hi-Dukes orchestra / band programs


Hi-Dukes with a youth orchestra
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This project was partially supported by a grant from the Evanston Arts Council, a city agency supported by the City of Evanston and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

“We have enjoyed seeing our children grow in coordination and confidence through their lessons with you. Your classes, both the dance and violin, are highlights in our week.”
Kristin and Jeff Andrews


“Hi there great music teachers, Where do we begin, for there are little words to describe the gratitude and joy we feel for what you’ve taught our girls. They clearly have a wider appreciation for all kinds of music and styles of dance which we accredit to the exposure of the world music and dance you have brought to them. Thank you so very much … All our best,”
The Dugo family


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