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Sherwood Community Music School Announces Robert Tenges as New Director

December 5, 2012 

The Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago recently named Robert Tenges as its new director.
Tenges comes to Sherwood from the Old Town School of Folk Music, where he was the director of Education and Programs. He has also been a teaching artist there since 1995.

As director of all on- and off-site education content he was responsible for programs that accounted for nearly $7 million in revenue and oversaw a staff of nine program managers and more than 240 teaching artists. Tenges also had responsibility for education outreach programs and the Old Town School of Folk Music’s resource center.

Under Tenges' leadership, the Old Town School of Folk Music completely re-envisioned its education outreach offerings by creating its Chicago Public Schools Artist-in-Residence program and implemented a new teacher evaluation system in collaboration with the Taproot Foundation. He was active in the founding of the Chicago Consortium of Community Music Schools.
Tenges received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from DePaul University with an emphasis in vocal performance and has performed in operas, oratorios, and recitals in Illinois and Wisconsin.

An accomplished playwright, Tenges has had his work produced both in Chicago and New York. His play Strangers Knocking was produced in Chicago by the Side Project and Off-Broadway by the New Group. His play Found was presented Off-Broadway by Ensemble Studio Theatre and at New York's Abingdon Theatre.

Tenges' 2011 play People We Know received a Jeff nomination for Best New Play. He is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for playwriting, and his new play Elsewhere will receive its world premiere at the Side Project in Chicago in March 2013.