Esther Zvacek Recital

Bud Goodrow posted this photo on Facebook of an Esther Zvacek piano and accordion recital held at the Ely Legion about 1960. Thanks, Bud! 

Esther Zvacek (1905-1991) taught music to many young people in the Ely area. 

If you wish to identify any of these people please comment below.

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Esther Zvacek

Cedar Rapids Gazette, November 6, 1991.
Esther Zvacek, 86, of 2800 Wright Brothers Blvd. E., died Monday in St. Luke's Hospital following a short illness. Esther was born Oct. 13, 1905, in her home at 2800 Wright Brothers Blvd. E. and had resided there all her life. She taught piano, organ, accordion, and guitar for over 60 years in the Ely area. She was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church near Ely, and a member of Johanna Society, American Legion Auxiliary and was Past Noble Grand of Ely Rebekah Lodge 56. 


Many of you know "Barefoot Becky". She was a student of Esther's. From her web site at https://barefootbecky.com/about/

In 1980, when she (Becky) was ten years old, Becky took her first accordion lesson from Esther Zvacek. Esther was an elderly lady who still only charged a dollar for a lesson! Becky was very close to her teacher. Both Becky and her mother would go over to Esther’s house every Friday night for supper before having their lessons. Her mom even kept a garden there for Esther and Becky mowed her lawn.

Becky's first recital - 1981. Left -Becky, middle-Esther Zvacek, right - unknown

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