Professional musicians set up shop in Elburn

By on April 5, 2010

Elburn—Professional musicians Kristin Paxinos and Ben Westfall are products of small-town America. They were raised in small Midwestern communities that had little or no music education. They remember how difficult it was to seek out performing opportunities and find great instructors to help them cultivate their talents.

This is why they chose Elburn as the home for Da Capo Music Studio. Elburn is a community that is growing and expanding, while still maintaining its signature small-town charm.

Paxinos and Westfall love music; and they love teaching music. Their goal is to instill within each student a passion for music that will inspire them to be musicians for a lifetime. Their lessons are not just about learning the technical skills necessary to play an instrument. Paxinos and Westfall take a personal interest in every student, attempting to mentor characters of patience and trust; diligence and vision; cooperation and friendship; and appreciation and gratitude.

Both Paxinos and Westfall have worked at other music studios where the conditions were less than ideal, and not necessarily conducive to learning. No longer willing to compromise the integrity of what they offer their students, they began formulating ideas about how to provide the optimal learning experience.

The result was Da Capo Music Studio: a distraction-free learning environment where students can receive instruction of the highest quality.

Paxinos and Westfall not only built a beautiful, state-of-the-art music studio, but the duo regularly performs free concerts throughout the community in an effort to promote interest in the arts. The two met less than two years ago, and soon began performing as The Da Capo Duo.

Not satisfied performing solely the standard flute and guitar repertoire, they set out to create a blend of contemporary and classical styles and entertain listeners with an eclectic blend of French Impressionistic works, film music and folk songs.

Paxinos is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music and did her graduate work at DePaul University. She has appeared as a soloist and orchestral musician throughout the United States and Europe, performing in such legendary venues as Lincoln Center, Chicago’s Symphony Center and Carnegie Hall. Paxinos’ extensive training and performing experience enables her to bring classical skills and styles to the duo’s contemporary selections, giving them fresh and interesting perspectives.

Westfall, a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College—Conservatory of Music has a diverse musical background and is proficient in all types of guitar music, including classical, jazz, Latin and popular American styles. Westfall received his degree in classical guitar performance. However, he displays those classical techniques on an amplified steel string guitar instead of the traditional nylon string guitar—a rather unorthodox decision that is met with controversy from many within the classical guitar community. The duo’s broad range and innovative musical choices combine to create exciting and unconventional concert experiences.

In music, Da Capo is an instruction telling the performer to go back to the beginning. It’s a fitting name for a business created by a couple of small-town kids that went off to the big city to chase their dreams, and found themselves back in a small town using their experience and knowledge to inspire the next generation of musicians.