Illinois Library Association

Mark Dvorak to showcase for the ILA Reaching Forward Conference in Rosemont May 5

ROSEMONT IL - The Illinois Library Association’s 28th annual Reaching Forward Conference will take place at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road, on May 5. The conference features a full day of programming including the popular Performer’s Showcase featuring performers for both children and adults.


Chicago’s “offiicial troubadour,” Mark Dvorak has been selected as a showcase artist for the conference. Dvorak has been a cultural arts resource for Illinois libraries for more than twenty-five years. He has presented interactive music programs statewide for children and adults, covering the subject of American folk music with breadth and authenticity.

“Mark gave us such a wonderful concert last October,” said Courtney Tedrick, Programming Librarian for the Wheaton Public Library in Wheaton, Illinois. “We celebrated the songs and legacy of folk icon Pete Seeger. Mark invited members of his folk chorus from the Old Town School who inspired our patrons to sing along on every song. It was a highlight of our programming year.”

Dvorak continues as integral member of Chicago’s venerable Old Town School of Folk Music, where he is artist-in-residence and a 2107 Distinguished Teaching Artist Award recipient. 

“He’s the real deal,” said Bau Graves, Executive Director of the Old Town School of Folk Music. “Mark has made music and teaching his life and livelihood for some thirty years. He’s been a top faculty member and his performances are elegant, rich and powerful.”

Those interested in attending the conference can register online at The enrollment fee is $150 by April 21. The fee is $165 April 22 and later. 

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