• January 23, 2019 10:57 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    The Quincy Sunday Music Series’ New Year opens on January 27 at 4 pm at the Quincy Unitarian Church with its beloved "Dr. Carol Mathieson and Friends" pastiche mixing some very non-traditional music with Sunday Music’s usual blend of classics and favorites.

    This year’s blend showcases the artistry of colleagues from Culver-Stockton College ranging in style from baroque trumpet brilliance through suave Brazilian saxophone exoticism and refined French chanson to newly composed film scoring that features interaction between the synthesized orchestral palette and soaring solo violin. The film score was inspired by field work which composer Joseph Skertich and his introductory class did as part of the new music technology program which he and the Sunday Music concert’s pianist Dylan Marney developed for C-SC.

    Sunday Music Series offers professional quality chamber music to the greater community free of charge. For further information, contact Dr. Mathieson at 573-288-6435. 

  • January 18, 2019 2:12 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Husband and Wife Live A Life of Music

    Quincy Concert Band would like to introduce you to two of its musicians, Christina and Jeff Duffy! They are husband and wife as well as local music teachers. Here is a Q & A, submitted by Susan Deege.

    How did you meet?

    Christina remembers that “I bumped his chair coming into marching band rehearsal at Truman State University. From that point forward, I couldn’t get my mind off of him!”

    Jeff recounts that she caught his attention by showing up late for rehearsal. “I fell for her hard. We went on our first date to swing dance lessons two weeks later.”

    This talented young couple can play most instruments. Christina’s primary instrument is euphonium, and Jeff’s is trombone. They are first chairs in these sections in Quincy Concert Band.

    What would you tell parents about the value of music education?

    “In my classes, I am not just teaching music. I am teaching life skills that include perseverance, team-building and problem solving skills that transfer to anything my students choose to do in life," says Christina.

    “Music education creates another kind of family for the students and teaches them how to interact and be a successful part of a group,” explains Jeff.

    What is the best part of your job?

    “I love that I get to inspire young students to pursue music. Beginner students are so excited to learn their instruments, and I get to build that student-teacher relationship over the next six years.”

    Christina notes that, “getting to know my students on a personal level and helping them grow as young adults, not only as musicians,” is a job highlight.

    What is the best advice you ever got from a teacher or mentor?

    “Reach for the moon! The worst thing that happens is that you will land on among the stars.”

    “I learned through the examples and goals that teachers and mentors set for me. They instilled me to be the best I can be.”

    What is your best musical experience?

    The couple shared their enthusiasm about being involved with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. Jeff said he loves traveling the country and performing in front of thousands of fans with 150 of my best friends!

    Christina recalls, “In January 2017, I performed with the Bluecoats in the World’s Largest Chinese New Year Celebration in Hong Kong. The venues were amazing and we got to know musicians from Hong Kong who are also passionate about music.”

    Christina’s hometown is Round Lake Heights, IL, and Jeff is from Quincy. She notes that they are happily living in Quincy, her husband’s home town, and in an area that gives them both the opportunity to do they work they love.

    Learn how you can be a part of Quincy Concert Band when you visit their webpate at

  • December 14, 2018 11:51 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    It happens every year, you find yourself stuck on what to get "that person." You know, the one who already has everything? Or maybe it's someone who is working on downsizing. This year consider giving experience gifts. Not only are they naturally clutter-free but they create memories the recipient will cherish for years to come. 

    It's time to think outside the gift box and look into the gift of experience. Giving someone the opportunity to enjoy something they love, has always wanted to do or just plain deserves is personalized and thoughtful, and the appreciation for this type of gift lasts long beyond the holidays. Bonus! Experiences make great last-minute gifts since you can almost always buy them online. Here are a few holiday gift ideas for experiences that are sure to bring some yuletide cheer to the recipient!

    Classes Please
    Perfect for those that love to try a variety of new things. The recipient can choose the class or workshop they want to take and could include anything from painting and acting to music lessons and philosophy. 

    Memberships to Local Attractions
    Families with young children are often looking for inexpensive and memorable ways to have fun. By getting a membership to a museum or other facilities, families can benefit from free admission and earn discounts to use towards additional events or special offers. 

    Performance Tickets
    Couples can go out on a date night when you purchase tickets to their favorite shows including live theatre, symphony or opera tickets. Season tickets often give a deep discount over individual ticket prices, and it's the gift that keeps on giving!

    Be sure to check out our list of 55 local nonprofit arts and culture organizations that offer special gifts and memberships for gift giving this holiday season.

  • December 03, 2018 3:32 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Hailing from Barcelona, Spain, guest costume designer Tania Ballve brings her passion for fashion to the Quincy Community Theatre stage this holiday season!

    While working on The Witches and Elf: The Musical, Tania shared her background and process for building unforgettable costumes.

    Tell us a bit about yourself.

    I’m a costume designer from Barcelona, Spain. I moved to Indiana two years ago with my husband, who is a biologist from Sweden. I love art, theatre, reading historical novels and Netflix.


    How did you get started in costume designing?

    I studied Fashion Design and, after seven years working as a wardrobe stylist for the fashion and film industry, I decided I wanted to design costumes where I could be very creative and change the story in every project.

    How did the partnership with Quincy Community Theatre come to be?

    QCT was looking for a guest costume designer and I got really interested in the theatre and the community, so I decided to apply for it.

    How would you describe your style? My background in fashion usually shows on my creations. I’d describe it as contemporary and eclectic.

    Can you share insights into your design process?

    I read the script, analyze the characters, research the period and styles, design outfits, look and pull from different costume sources, build costumes, do fittings with actors and work a lot to make them look great!

    Which designers inspire you?

    Eiko Ishioka, Vivienne Westwood, Leon Bakst, Maria Björnson, Christian Lacroix, but these are only some of them.

    Do you have a dream show?

    I’d love to design Carmen (Bizet) because it’s one of my favorite operas.

  • November 23, 2018 6:25 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    What do a musician, painter, educator and history buff all have in common? An appreciation for the finer things! If your friends and family members are passionate for the visual arts, music, humanities, literary and performing arts, they’ll appreciate a unique gift that suits their interests and hobbies this holiday season!

    Here is Arts Quincy’s Top 5 Christmas
    Fine Arts & Culture Gifts for 2018

    1.   Season Tickets

    Season Ticket holders are some of the many people who make each performance great at Quincy Community TheatreQuincy Symphony Orchestra Association and Quincy Civic Music Association! What gift recipient wouldn’t love a season pass to one of their favorite performance organizations? Not able to purchase the entire season pass? Individual tickets are available that can be used on date nights or special occasions for a reasonable price tag!

    2.   Classes

    You are never too old to learn something new! How great would it be to sculpt an item from clay? Or become a master-woodworker? Many organizations offer educational classes that fit into even the busiest of schedules! Quincy Art Center, local colleges and studios continually offer special interest courses or seminars for a low-to-no cost! Additional discounts and scholarships may be available for those who qualify.

    3.   Gift Shops

    Want to give a physical, gift wrapped present? Quincy MuseumQuincy Area Convention and Visitors BureauMark Twain’s Boyhood Home & Museum and Quincy Brewery & Arts offer books, ornaments, magnets, apparel and more in their gift shops! Did you know that many of Quincy’s small businesses support individual artists by selling their handmade products like artwork, furniture, clothing and more? Visit Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce’s website for a list of these entrepreneurs!

    4.   Memberships

    Why not support your favorite nonprofit club or alliance by gifting your loved ones a membership to the organization? Becoming a member to organizations offers various benefits and sometimes perks including discounts, entrance to special events or even a free bottle of wine! Quincy Woodworkers GuildGreat River Watercolor SocietyQuincy Preserves or the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County all welcome new members and the dues are used to further each organization’s mission as well as provide exclusive opportunities for members. Click here for a full list of Arts Quincy's Partner Organizations.

    5.   Memorial Donations

    Honor a friend or relative by donating to a special cause or organization in their name. Now through Dec. 31, when you become a member of Arts Quincy, you will receive a free family membership ($50 value!) to share with another family who loves the arts! Did you know that Arts Quincy works to foster, strengthen and expand the arts throughout Adams County? As a member, you are making an impact to groups, individuals, classrooms and more! Arts Quincy is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity and reports show that 85 cents of every dollar Arts Quincy receives is put right back into the community! Learn how you can contribute by visiting

    By gifting the arts this holiday season, you are giving a truly unique gift that will be enjoyed in 2019 and beyond while supporting a local nonprofit that relies on funds from its community to survive! See a comprehensive listing of Arts Quincy’s nonprofit partner arts organizations and what they have to offer by clicking here. Watch a video that tells you about everything Arts Quincy is, click here.


  • October 18, 2018 8:48 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Quincy Public Library’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen Helsabeck to fill the position of Executive Director.

    Helsabeck began her duties October 15. A reception to welcome her will be held Tuesday, October 23, at 5 pm at QPL.  The public is invited.

    “We are excited for the future of the library under Kathleen’s leadership,” said QPL Board President Lynn Niewohner.  “We have one of the best libraries in the state of Illinois and would like to continue the innovative and exciting services and programs available for our community, allowing for QPL’s growth as an essential community center with resources for all ages.”

    Helsabeck holds a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Culver-Stockton College. She previously worked for Vatterott College for nine years, first as the librarian, and then as the director of education, managing the academic programs, staff, and students.

    She was raised in Canton, Missouri, and lives in Quincy with her husband and two young children.

    “I am humbled and honored to be given this opportunity,” said Helsabeck. “My goals are to maintain the integrity of QPL services and to understand the needs of the community in order to provide relevant programs providing vital support for children and adults. I want to build connections between the library and our community members.”

    For more information, call Quincy Public Library at 217-223-1309 or visit

    The mission of the Quincy Public Library is to provide its patrons with materials, facilities and programs to meet lifelong learning, cultural and recreational needs.

  • October 11, 2018 11:39 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    The Art Center and UnityPoint Hospice present Moments That Matter, a touching exhibit that will be on display at Quincy Medical Group from October 10–December 4. This exhibit will feature photography by Joselyn Rae, of Joselyn Rae Photography, who has a passion for capturing emotions and telling people’s stories. Rae was approached to help with the UnityPoint Moments that Matter patient fund because she is known to capture those beautiful little moments that make up day to day life.

    “I want to document real life, all the little things that happen in between birthdays, vacations, and holidays that many people don’t take time to capture, but wish they had,” Rae said.

    UnityPoint Hospice started Moments That Matter, a fund focused on local hospice patients. Their mission is to grant “bucket list” wishes for their patients to enhance and celebrate their life and create lasting memories with family and friends. “These wishes have proven to be moments of pure radiance as patients make the most of every day available to them,” says Laura Tenhouse, physician and community liaison for UnityPoint. “Our hope is for the photos to become a cherished legacy for families and alongside the wish fulfilled, serve as a tool to help families in their grief journey.”

    Rae was able to use her artistic passion as she captured patients living out their bucket list wishes. Rae was able to capture the joy and beauty of Betty Robinson (as pictured) as she received the wish to spend time with a baby. Robinson, a 99 year old dementia patient, was a wonderful mother and her family wished to give her the chance to relive her cherished memories of motherhood. “While working with Betty’s family on her wish, I was so excited to share that I had a seven month old baby,” says Tenhouse. “Betty came alive when she saw baby Annie!”

    Please join the organization on this journey to create memories and raise awareness to help people understand that hospice is truly about living!

  • August 15, 2018 11:43 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Q&A submitted by Susan Deege

    When did you start playing an instrument? I started playing the trombone in 6th grade beginning band at age 11 in Cabool, Missouri, which is my hometown. 

    Often people are surprised when they meet females that play the trombone. How did you choose this fantastic instrument? From the time I was a little kid, I always loved the deep rich sounds of the low brass. I wanted to play the tuba in band, but they didn't start students on tuba. My band teacher talked me into playing the trombone and promised me that if I did it, she would teach me how to play the tuba. I have yet to play the tuba, but have not stopped playing and loving the trombone!

    What do you like about being in the Quincy Concert Band? I like being in QCB because it gives me another opportunity to practice and perform my craft. I get to engage with other band members who share the same passion for creating music and bringing joy to others through music. One of the biggest advantages for students who play in QCB is that the group is made up of amazing instrumentalist which makes it a productive learning experience. It also gives students an opportunity to network and develop professionally with others in musical careers.

    What is your favorite type of music? Is there a particular type of group you like to play with? I don't have a favorite type of music because there are too many great types! My favorite type of group to play with is one that has members that are hard-working and don't settle for just playing the right notes. I love when they exceed expectations and that is exactly the kind of musicians that make up QCB!

    What other groups have you played with? At Culver-Stockton, I play with the Symphonic Band, the All-College Band, the Wind Ensemble and Camerata 808 where anything goes. I have also played in a trombone quartet.

    Tell me about your opera experience, or another musical performance you particularly enjoyed. It was so much fun to be a part of Hansel and Gretel with Muddy River Opera. I grew tremendously as a vocalist and performer. My favorite part of the opera was watching all of the childrens' reactions as the story unfolded. I also enjoyed answering their questions and seeing what they thought about the show.

    What type of school would you like to teach in the future? I would like to teach both vocal and instrumental music in a small rural school.

    Is your family musical? Some members of my family are very musical, but some of them are also tone deaf. My grandma, aunt and parents have helped me experience all kinds of music from heavy metal to opera. I know I wouldn't be the person or musician I am without their support and encouragement.

    Mark your calendars for Quincy Concert Band's Nov. 4th fall performance!

  • July 31, 2018 1:30 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Hi there, it’s Taylor! I went to Noon Blues last Friday and it sure was a fun time. I brought my folding chair, set it up under a shady tree, grabbed a hot dog from the Butcher Block’s food stand, and I was ready to go!

    Katie Hogge, a local singer/songwriter, was singing songs and playing her acoustic guitar during the Friday lunch hour in Washington Park. Hogge played a wide selection of tunes such as “2002”, “Fire Escape” and “Butterflies”. She included lots of today’s pop hits by Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, but she also included songs from the 80’s and 90’s, such as “Take On Me”. She was very skilled at playing her guitar, which was impressive given that she is only sixteen years old! I love how our Quincy arts gives so many opportunities for young people to show their love of music through performances such as Noon Blues. It is great that the community is helping the next generation find their voice and share it with others through the arts.

    Several different people came out to enjoy the summer afternoon entertainment! There were many business people working downtown who walked over on their break for some lunch and a relaxing performance. Several families came out as well and set-up picnic blankets. The children were running around and playing games, all while being exposed to beautiful music in the park. I saw many groups of friends meet up at the performance as well. Even Mayor Moore was there enjoying the wonderful music and the fellowship that the Quincy arts community cultivates. This was a really great way to unwind after a busy morning and to refresh myself before the rest of the day. Making art a part of your daily life can be a great stress reliever and can bring brightness to any circumstance.

    Noon Blues is every second and fourth Friday during the summer months from 12-1 pm. This lunchtime event takes place every Friday that there is a Blues in the District concert, so you have two opportunities on those Friday’s to get your summer music fix. Butcher Block is available during both Noon Blues and Blues in the District events to satisfy all of your lunchtime and dinnertime cravings.

    There are two more chances to catch Noon Blues in Washington Park before the summer ends! On August 10, Cheeks McGee will be performing, and the 2018 season will wrap up with Logan Kammerer on August 24. You don’t want to miss these incredibly talented local artists! So invite your friends, bring your lawn chair, and head out to the park to enjoy the lunchtime tunes!

  • July 10, 2018 3:43 PM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

    Hello everybody, it's Taylor and I am back from an evening full of music and fun! On July 5, Hannibal, Missouri welcomed the Swampweed Cajun Dancehall Band to Music Under the Stars. This group played tunes such as “The Waltz of No Return” that had people dancing with their partners and grooving in their seats.

    The Swampweed Cajun Dancehall Band was comprised of a fiddle, acoustic guitar, accordion, drums and a bass guitar. I had never heard this combination of instruments before, but I was pleasantly surprised with howwell they sounded together. Every tune they played had me tapping mytoes and feeling grateful for the summertime. Due to weather issues, this event was moved inside to the Admiral Coontz Armory. However, this did not stop people from coming out. The crowd filled the recreation center and were full of energy the entire night. One couple got up and danced to almost every song for the crowd. It was a very lively evening!

    Music Under the Stars has done a fantastic job over the past 12 years of bringing great musicians to the local area. Every Thursday from 7-9 pm the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum put on these free outdoor concerts for you and all of your friends to enjoy in June, July and August.

    Grab a comfy chair and enjoy the eight remaining bands that are scheduled to take the stage this summer. This Thursday, July 12, Music Under the Stars will welcome A Side of Country to their stage and you don’t want to miss it!

    Nonprofit organizations, groups and clubs are at each concert selling food as a fundraiser. Local businesses are available to sell soda, water, wine, and craft beers. If your group is interested in this opportunity to raise funds, please contact the Melissa Cummins through email at

    Music Under the Stars runs through August 30, so be sure to hurry over to Historic Hill Street to get your summer music fix. For more information and to see the full season schedule, visit or call 573-221-9010. Like the page on Facebook for updates and weather-related announcements.

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