Frank Winkler

Piano Faculty, Conducting Faculty
Program Area: 
Jazz Studies
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

M.M.E. - Northwestern Univ. 1968; B.M.E. - DePaul University 1961

Significant teachers and mentors: 

William F. Kuehl, Julius Herford, Margaret Hillis, Robert Shaw, John Paynter

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Classical, Contemporary, Jazz

Awards and achievements: 
Frank has conducted the Grant Park Symphony and the Orchestra of Illinois. He is the founder of the Symphonic Pops Orchestra of Chicago. As pianist he performed a series of jazz concerts in Bombay, India. In 2000, the Symphonic Pops Orchestra, under his direction, performed in Taiwan. He has composed music for National Radio Theater on PBS. Mr. Winkler made a cameo appearance as the orchestra conductor in the movie “Home Alone II”. For twenty years he was the Director of the Harper Symphony Orchestra. He has soloed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and performed as pianist with the Royal English and Bolshoi Ballets, Sylvia McNair and Kathleen Battle, and with Sammy Davis Jr., Buddy Rich, and Frank Sinatra.
Professional affiliations & activities: 

Chicago Area Music Teachers Association, Illinois Council of Orchestras

Interests outside of music: 

Reading, Walking

Favorite quote: 

Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right!

Favorite practice tip: 

Listen, listen, listen

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven

Favorite musical moment: 

Performing on stage at Chicago Symphony Center, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, and Vienna Grosser Saal ("The Great Hall")