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Program Listing


2:00PM


PRELUDE

March of the Meistersingers Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
arr. Sandra Dackow

Deep River African American spiritual
arr. Carrie Lane Gruselle

Over the Rainbow Harold Arlen (1905-1986)
arr. Andrew Masters

PHILHARMOINA/SINFONIA PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Three Brothers (1951) Michael Colgrass (1932-2019)

PRIMO INTERMEZZO

Soldier’s Joy Trad. fiddle tune

PRIMO

Old Dan Tucker Trad., arr. Renata Bratt

Our Heroes Susan Day

Dance Scenario Elliot Del Borgo (1938-2013)

HANSON STRING QUARTET

String Quartet No. 12, “American” Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
IV. Vivace ma non troppo

SINFONIA

The Fair from Petrouchka Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
arr. Merle J. Isaac

Lest We Forget Paul Whear (1925-2021)

Overture to Egmont Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
arr. Richard Meyer


4:30PM


BRASS CHOIR

Fanfare for Humanity Libby Larsen (b. 1950)

Little Suite for Brass, Op. 80 Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)

PHILHARMOINA/SINFONIA PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Three Brothers (1951) Michael Colgrass (1932-2019)

EARL CLEMENS QUINTET

Wind Quintet, Op. 43 Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
Preludium: Adagio; Tema con variazioni (selected variations)

PHILHARMONIA "PHIL"

Imperial March from Star Wars Suite John Williams (b. 1932)

Tuba Concerto Edward Gregson (b. 1945)
Allegro deciso—Lento e mesto—Allegro giocoso

Othello Suite Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)
 I. Dance
II. Children’s Intermezzo

Malagueña from Andalucia Suite Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963)
arr. Gordon Jenkins

PHILHARMONIA "HARMONIA"

Entry of the Gladiators Julius Fucˇík (1872-1916)

Finlandia Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

Othello Suite Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)
III. Funeral March
  V. Military March

Summon the Heroes John Williams (b. 1932)


7:00PM


YOUTH SYMPHONY "BARBER"

Lincoln Portrait Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
David Govertsen, narrator

Symphony No. 4 “Heroes” Philip Glass (b. 1937)
  I. Heroes
 II. Abdulmajid
III. Sense of Doubt

YOUTH SYMPHONY PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Third Construction (1941) John Cage (1912-1992)

YOUTH SYMPHONY "NIELSEN"

Symphony No. 4 “Heroes” Philip Glass (b. 1937)
IV. Sons of the Silent Age
 V. Neuköln
VI. V2 Schneider

Violin Concerto in D minor Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)

The Turtle Dove Trad. English folk song
arr. G. Winston Cassler


Executive Director's Letter


Dear Friends,

According to Maya Angelou, “a hero is really any person intent on making this a better place for all people.”

That made sense to me even the first time I read it years ago. But I certainly understand it differently, and more deeply, today. Sure, some acts of heroism are shinier than others, more dramatic. But are they more important?

The season we bring to a close with today’s concerts has truly given us the need for, and appreciation of, heroes. And at EYSO, we’ve all gained a deeper, more personal understanding of what it takes to be a hero, and what it can mean to us.

Some heroes in the past year have received much well-deserved recognition, whether serving on the front lines as health care providers or behind the scenes working to develop vaccines. Others have continued in less visible, but no less important, roles ranging from educators to grocery store clerks. They all made a difference.

And if you agree with Maya Angelou’s definition of a hero, our halls have been filled with them this year!

Our EYSO team has demonstrated amazing creativity in how they have consistently delivered in-person learning through the study of music all season. And they have done that in the face of constantly changing guidelines and restrictions, not to mention the emotional challenges of working in this environment. I don’t expect I’ll ever thank them enough, but I’ll try.

Most importantly, our students and families have risen to the occasion. Choosing to stick with something you know is important in your life, or the life of your child, often involves some level of sacrifice. But his year, the obstacles were far more challenging. And EYSO students and families faced, and defeated, those obstacles as a community.

Making the world a better place, in any way, is laudable. And when the doing involves music, it’s also beautiful. Thank you for your support through this year, and for joining us today to enjoy the season finale of our 45th season.

With gratitude,


K. Eric Larson
Executive Director

Did you know that more than 60% of the cost to educate an EYSO student is underwritten with gifts from public and private foundations, businesses, and generous people like you? You can make a lifechanging investment in a young student musician when you give to EYSO. For instance, a gift of $50 helps replace lost ticket sales revenue from in-person concert performances like today’s. Visit eyso.org/give and thank you!

Artistic Director's Letter


We can be Heroes, just for one day.
~David Bowie, Heroes


This has been a year of heroes. Nearly every aspect of our lives has been recast in new and challenging contexts, transforming everyday experiences and tasks from ordinary to extraordinary—and putting the spotlight on the heroes all around us.

Often, we romanticize heroes as charismatic adventurers, faultless and pure leaders, and larger-than-life characters. These heroes, these myths and legends, provide us with inspiration, comfort, and meaning by guiding us through societal mores and expectations. They help to frame our beliefs and guide our consciences, offering clear-cut examples of right and wrong, of true and false—of what it means to be a hero.

But reality is rarely so simple.

This year has shown us the importance not only of heroes, but of heroism. Heroism is complex, challenging, and messy. It isn’t one-dimensional, nor is it reserved only for mythological characters and historical figures. But with that challenge comes opportunity: the opportunity to be a hero, moment by moment, even just for one day.

In our final concert cycle of Myths & Legends, EYSO students explored this dirtier, messier idea of heroism through diverse and wide-ranging repertoire. They took the expert noticer approach to examine their music, and to peel back the superficial layers to discover—and create—deeper meaning.

Across EYSO, students grappled with thought-provoking questions. How is the glorious and majestic March of the Meistersingers complicated by the context of Richard Wagner’s legacy? Who are your personal heroes—and what makes them heroic? (The answer was never “a cape and superpowers.”) What does the idea of heroism mean to you as a person, and to us as a society, and how can you live as a hero, as David Bowie sang, “for ever and ever…or just for one day?”

As we turn the page on our 45th season Myths & Legends, we are fortunate to be in the presence of heroes each and every Sunday: heroes like our students who overcame tremendous challenges to show up week after week and study, perform, learn, grow, and laugh together. And heroes like you, our supporters, who have kept the fires of curiosity burning brightly all year long. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us—and we can’t wait to see you for another incredible year of music and learning next season..

Matthew Sheppard
Artistic Director

P.S. Curious to learn more about next season? Flip to the back of the program book.



Private Instructors

VIOLIN
Katie Abernethy
Bernardo Arias
Codruta Ban
Hannah Barton
Eleanor Bartsch
Dana Bellew
Julie Bickel ♪
Lamar Blum
Charlotte Bogda
Rita Borkowski ♪
Louise Brodie
Kim Busic
Catherine Canavan
Ryan Caparella
Katie Chivari
Lisa Chodorowski
Lilian Chou
Claire Collins ♪
Denise Connolly ♪
Jessica Cozarrubias
David Dai
Mark Djordjevic
Carol Dylan
Wendy Evans ♪
Emelinda Escobar ♪
Jacqueline Fisher ♪
Jillian Forbes
Renee-Paule
Gauthier
Katy Gillan
Theresa Goh ♪
Zach Green
Karen Hallier
Ann Heide
Laura Hinkle
Jenny Hull
Nancy Jackson
Paula Johannesen
Carl Johnson
Phillip Kleven
Kate Kulzick
Lauren Lai
Anni Larsen
Kathryn Layug
Drew Lecher
Eunyoung Lee
Agnieszka Likos
Steve Maloney
Jenny Masters
Taka Matsunaga
Suz McLeod
Don Montgomery
Jackie Moore
Nancy Murray
Chelsea Musson
Kim Na
Nan Zhou
Joanna Nerius
Joanna Newby ♪
Linda Oper
Elizabeth Ortiz
Carol Ourada
James Park
Talia Pavia
Catherine Pittman
Laura Polick
Susan Posner
Stefanie Puczek
Emily Puntuzs
Lori Rollins e
John Ronai
Kathryn Satoh
Julie Schreiner
Danny Seidenberg ♪
Gretchen Sherrell ♪
Jennifer Silk
Kelly Sjobring
Steven Sjobring
Ann Montzka Smelser
Patrick Smith
Sarah Smith
Anna Sobczak
Susan Starrett
Rebecca Swan
Aki Tanaka
Jill Thackery-Proud
Simonne Tingley ♪
Kathryn Tofilon
Ashley Tracey
Eileen Tsuzuki
Carolyn Van
De Velde
Emily Ward
Thomas Wermuth
Rebecca Wilcox
Janis Wittrig
Paige Wunrow
Gina Young
Nan Zhou

VIOLA
Bernardo Arias
Katy Balk ♪
Dana Bellew
Lamar Blum
Charlotte Bogda
Rita Borkowski ♪
Dustin Buddish
Kim Busic
Ryan Caparella
Lisa Chodorowski
Lilian Chou
Denise Connolly ♪
Henry Criz
Violet Deal ♪
Mark Djordjevic
Wendy Evans ♪
Inna Eyzerovich
Ashley Fitzwater
Jillian Forbes
Emily Gilman
Rachel Goff
Theresa Goh ♪
Roslyn Green ♪
Zach Green
Tom Havel
Lisa Hirschmugel
Nicholas Jeffery
Paula Johannesen
Drew Lecher
Jenny Masters
Elyse Napoli
Joanna Nerius
Linda Oper
Elizabeth Ortiz
Carol Ourada
Laura Polick
Susan Posner
John Ronai
Julie Schreiner
Danny Seidenberg ♪
Jennifer Silk
Kelly Sjobring
Steven Sjobring
Patrick Smith
Susan Starrett
Annika Sundberg ♪
Rebecca Swan
Simonne Tingley ♪
Carolyn Van De Velde
Rebecca Wilcox
Janis Wittrig
Gina Young

CELLO
Timothy Archbold ♪
Lamar Blum
Lisa Bressler
Allie Chambers
Diane Chou
Tom Clowes
Wendy Cotton
Dorothy Deen
Michael Duggan
Linda Duneske
Nazar Dzhuryn
Richard Evans ♪
Marian Fadrowski
Brian Gaona
Larry Glazier ♪
Ann Griffin ♪
Sally Gross
Jean Hatmaker
Brian Hoffman
Anita Hwang
Eun Kim
Catherine Kuna ♪
Mark Kuntz
Andrea Lafranzo
Julie Lawrence
Mark Liu
Laura Love
Mary McGinty
Kerena Moeller
Ruth Mudge
Alexa Muhly
Carol Ourada
James Pesek
Walter Preucil
Alex Revol
Nissa Sampson
Valerie Schierl
Linc Smelser
Holly Stangland
Julianne Tehan ♪
Delle Vercimak
Carolyn Wright

BASS
Katy Balk ♪
Jeremy Beyer
Eli Broxham
Matt Buri
Virginia Dixon
Tracy Dullea ♪
Christop Griff
Chris Griffith
Steve Reichelt
Timothy Shaffer
Ken Stuz

FLUTE
Haymee An
Denise Beiermann
Lamar Blum
Jill Burlingame ♪
Ruth Cavanaugh
Allison Domanus-Brady
Marian Fadrowski
Lisa Hall
Cate Hummel
Maxine Lange
Melanie Mathew ♪
Shawn Maxwell
Scott Metlicka ♪
Teresa Muir
Cynara Pierzina ♪
Megan Sapp
Julie Tendy
Cindy Zimmerman

OBOE
Dennis Beiermann
Debra Freedland
Shawna Lake
Kristine Mertens
Lou Parker
Julie Popplewell
Marilyn Sands
Judith Schneider
Deb Stevenson
Derek Weihofen

CLARINET
Anne Barton
Robert Blazek
Nancy Botti
Laura Chalmers
Gordon DaoleWellman ♪
Lacy Garbar
Steven Kidera
Cally Laughlin
Garret Matlock ♪
Shawn Maxwell
Kathryne Pirtle ♪
Chris Prohaska
Jennifer Swenson
Melody Thomas
Kathy Way

BASSOON
Dennis Beiermann
Theresa Brooks
Gwyn Downey
Kimberly Richter
Richard Stiles

SAXOPHONE
Shawn Maxwell

HORN
David Batdorf
Wanda Braden
Nancy Brocker
Randall Faust
Russ Henning
Eric Kaiser
Kelley Langenburg
Morgan Lentino
Kathleen Mitchell
David Peterson
Mark Ponzo
Chris Scotellaro
Mandy Sundaramoorthy
Paulette Velasquez
TRUMPET
Mark Baldin
Phil Feo
Derek Fitting
Jason Flaks ♪
Ryan Hobbs ♪
Kari Lee ♪
Matt Lee ♪
Ronald Lemm
Rob Loar
Caleb Mitchell
Jered Montgomery
Sean O’Donnell
Mark Olen
Mark Ponzo
Dan Price
James Wallace

TROMBONE
Victor Anderson
Mark Bettcher
Ian Fitzwater ♪
Chelsea French
Mark Fry
Mark Ponzo
Zach Siegel
Bryan Tipps

EUPHONIUM
Chelsea French
Mark Fry
Mark Ponzo
Zach Siegel
Scott Tegge ♪

TUBA
Josh Biere
Jim Langenberg
Dylan Rehm
Zach Siegel
Scott Tegge ♪

PERCUSSION
Chris Avgerin
Heather Bouton
Zachary Bowers ♪
Ed Breckenfeld
Frank Check
Michael Folker
Scott Grigoletto
Andrew Hix
Thomas Kidera
Jeff King
Christine Rehyem
Walter Schneider
Raychel Taylor ♪
Ben Wahlund

HARP
Nichole Luchs
Michael Maganuco

PIANO
Kyunghwee Choi
Lilian Chou
Gwyn Downey
Thomas Edgar
Brian Gaona
Mark Kuntz
Ruth Mudge
Sarah Olsen
Danny Seidenberg ♪
Raynette Smith

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The EYSO apologizes for any omissions or inaccuracies in the private instructor and school director lists. Please contact the EYSO office at office@eyso.org with additions or corrections.

School Directors

ALGONQUIN
Terry Foster
Anthony Gnutek
Kelly Hoblin-Lamorena
Amy Jones
Samuel Perez
Jeanne Ritchie
Richard Rohde

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS
Vince Genualdi

AURORA
Brian Birch
Lara Brink
John Burck ♪
Matt Carder
Kevin Carroll
Chris Dandeles
Mark Duker
Jason Dyhouse
Kendra Hiltenbrand
Marc Hornig
Josh Kaminsky
Bethany Lugay
Mary Beth McCarthy
Caitlynne Miller
Beth Myers
Michael Naughton
Chris Niesluchowski
Scott Oliver
David Pakkebier
Andrada Pteanc
Allison Rider ♪
Rene Rosas
Doug Ruhs
Robin Sackschewsky
Patty Sampson
Glen Schneider
Rod Schueller
John Sierakowski
Daryl Silberman ♪
Joyce Symoniak
Megan Zalokar

BARRINGTON
Luana Byte
Kevin Fredrick
Randy Karon
Michael Nelson
Amie Roeder
Clark Sheldon
Ben Source

BARTLETT
Eric Hollaway
Kelly Larson
Alex Rivera
Tristan Broeker

BATAVIA
Robert Buckley
Lisa Hatfield
Allison Liska
Chris Owen
Keith Ozsvath
Chris Pesel
Sherry Reiss
Rachel Uffelmann
Brian Van Kley

BURLINGTON
Jeffrey Nesseth
Jim Struyk

CAROL STREAM
Lauren Whisnant

CARPENTERSVILLE
Melissa Aukes
Jeremy Beyer
William Brocker
Damon Heikkinen
Michael Kasper ♪
Preston Krauska
Michelle Vazquez
Beth Wood ♪

CARY
Marty Magnini
Patrick Whalen

CHICAGO
Jim Barbick
Cynthia Gradek
Michael Mascari

CRYSTAL LAKE
Emanuele Andrizzi
Adam Bell
Tim Blakewell
Terry Guynes
Keith Hulen
David Jensen
Mark Kahovec
Keith Levin
Ry Muehling
Scott Sampson
Kimberly Scherrer
Molly Sedivec
Kristina Wooden

DEKALB
Marybeth Kurnat
Steve Lundin

DOWNERS GROVE
Joy Belt-Roselieb
DaJuan Brooks
Madeline Fiene
Joshua Hoering
Kara Morrissey
Jennifer Mullen
Kathleen Myles
Molly O’Brien-Prusa
Katherine O’Truk
Theresa Steiner
Samantha Wascher
Glenn Williams
Margaret Winchell

Dundee Township
Matthew Bishop
Anna Von Ohlen
Kathleen Way

ELGIN
Kathryn Balk ♪
John Becker
Ruth Cavanaugh
Brendyn Dobbeck ♪
Kevin Fredrick
Elisa-Bauman Lieb
Vanessa Lostumbo
Jennifer Melugin
Rachel Monroe
Jonathan Piel
Stephen Reichelt
Rebecca Rome
Annaliese Siegel
Carol Westphal
Thomas Weyland
Dale Woock
Lisa Yagow
Meagan Zahora

ELK GROVE VILLAGE
Maxine Lange

ELMHURST
Brian Berg ♪
Ellen Garey
Ray Ostwald ♪
Michael Pavlik ♪

EVANSTON
Karen Brhel
Kurt Dobbeck

GENEVA
Helen Bogda
Karen Chrisman
Chrissa Flaks
Jason Flaks ♪
Patrick Frederick ♪
Shara Frederick
Lisa Ponder
Neil Shipton
Kelly Stach

GENOA
Brian Ferguson

GLEN ELLYN
Georgia Alemis
Philip Bauman
Katie Berry
James DePalo
Brian Dewald
Lev Garbar
Steve Govertsen
Kristi Kline
Andrew Ladendorf
William Ortega
Samantha Tribley
Jonathan Walsh

HAMPSHIRE
Jeremy Beyer
Victoria Hicks
Emma Leland
Gregory Matushek

HANOVER PARK
Marnie Macke

HINSDALE
Chandran Daniel

HOFFMAN ESTATES
Devin Godzicki
Kreg Moorhouse
Leann Roder-Manson

HUNTLEY
Kevin Krivosik
Leah Novak

LA GRANGE PARK
Tom Culver
Mark Dahl
Jane Ewing
Nancy Flanagan
Jason Lyons
Jan Matthews
Paul Meiste

LAKE IN THE HILLS
Anthony Camarda
Casey Sukel

LAKE ZURICH
Sheri Conover
Elizabeth Duke
Dan Keilman
Ed Koehler
Ron Polomchak
Nathan Sackschewsky
Josh Thompson

LINCOLNSHIRE
Anthony Krempa ♪
Caitlin McGovern
Sonny Petway
Michael Tseitlin
Enrique Vilaseco
Madeline Vogler

LISLE
Richard Alifantis
Colleen Alvin ♪

LOMBARD
Tara Cappelletti
Tim Fawkes
Andrew Packer

LONG GROVE
Chad Craw
Eileen Wronkiewicz

MAPLE PARK
Aaron Puckett

MOUNT PROSPECT
Meg Thomas-Cary

NAPERVILLE
David Alstadt
Matt Angell
Emily Binder
Matthew Carder
David Carroll
Corinne Collier
Kelly Dimidik
Kevin Dobbeck
Mya Dwyer
Brandon Estes
Claire Fenton
Jesse Gross
Graham Heise
Kevan Kosobayashi
Lori Lauff
Jonathan Lauff
Stephanie Lein
Erika McCann
Laura Patterson
Brad Pfeil
Keith Pitner
Jessica Sanders
Greg Schwaegler
Andrew Seidel
Jeffrey Sturgeon
Matthew White

OAK PARK
Rizelle Capito
Lucas Gillan

OSWEGO
Kelly Cooper
Stevan Rexroat
Stephanie San Roman
Kevin Schoenbach

PALATINE
Marla Caballero
Annabel Hasty
Dan Marcotte
Matthew Moore
John Teichert

PINEGREE GROVE
Pamela Doughty
Christopher Miller ♪
Earl Rigsby

PLAINFIELD
Timothy Hatcher
Julianna Karvelius
Justin Koszareka
Jason LaVallee
David Lesniak

RACINE
Elizabeth Steege

RICHMOND
Kateri Tumminello

ROCKFORD
Thompson Brandt

ROLLING MEADOWS
Christopher Buti
Kevin Carroll
Mario Mongello
Julie Quitschau

ROSELLE
Michael Lehman

SAINT CHARLES
Adrian Anderson
Michael Bazan
Daniel Beder ♪
Monica Bertrand
John Blank
Phillip Carter
Don Kovach
James Kull
Jennifer Lydigsen
Andrew Masters ♪
Michael Molloy
James Pesek
Andrew Pryor
Larry Rossi
Michelle Rybski
Rachel Saldana
Sandra Sebolt-Pogge
Erik Swenson
Angela Wifler
Stephanie William
Brian Wis
John Wojciechowski
Gilbert Wukitsch

SCHAUMBURG
Susan Carlson
Rhonda Conrad
Sarah Finegan
Anthony Graffeo
Mark Hamada
Roy Hansen
Vincent Inendino
Tobin Langridge
Jerry Lowrey
Matt Rutherford
Kelly Stanich

SKOKIE
Tom Chester
Justin Johnson

SOUTH ELGIN
Robert Botwinski
Kurt Dobbeck
Christine Miller
Rachel Saldana
Ruth Simon
Stephanie William
Christie Zimmerman

STREAMWOOD
Zachary Geller
Jennifer Gontarek
Kelly Larson
Nereyda Sanchez-Tio

SUGAR GROVE
Chris Owen

SYCAMORE
Isabella Crawl
Ken Goodman
Scott Mertens
Amy Tonaki ♪
Ken Tonaki ♪

VILLA PARK
Jan Bobek
John Clemons

WARRENVILLE
Blake Jancius
Deborah Schmaltz

WEST CHICAGO
Elisabeth Mezera
Brandon Fantozzi
Brad Rathe
Steve Willemssen
Alexandra Wojciechowski

WHEATON
Kent Krause
Andrew Ladendorf
Caitlin Leman
Bob Mamminga
Grace Mayell
Nina Schroeder
Victor Scimeca
Joanne Wegscheid

WOODSTOCK
Stacie Savittieri
William Simpson

YORKVILLE
Victor Anderson
Emily Beyer
Kimberly Gyssler
Jacqueline Niner
Robert Vriezen

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