March 21, 2015

Rehearsals Start Sunday, Sept. 13

Our season begins this September at the Elgin Community College Arts Center, where EYSO is an In-Residence Ensemble.
March 22, 2015

Music Educator of the Year: Lynne Green

At our March Soirees Musicales concerts, we were thrilled to honor EYSO’s 2015 Music Educator of the Year: Lynne Green, founder of the Lynne Green School of Flute and longtime band director at St. Patrick Catholic School in St. Charles. Lynne Green is not only well known to several generations of former band students in the Fox Valley but especially beloved by a loyal and passionate community of flute players […]
March 30, 2015

EYSO Awarded “Programming of the Year”

We are proud to announce that the EYSO has received the Programming of the Year award from the Illinois Council of Orchestras, in recognition of the innovative musical presentations in our 2013-14 Bardology season, which explored music influenced by William Shakespeare. The ICO has recognized the EYSO with four awards in the past, including Youth Orchestra of the Year (2000 and 2007), Conductor of the Year (Artistic Director Randal Swiggum, […]
August 11, 2015

Fall Camp 2015

A longstanding EYSO tradition, Fall Camp united all our musicians for a weekend of incredible music.
September 14, 2015

It’s About Time!

EYSO's 40th Anniversary season features musical monuments, legacies and histories, and a star-studded roster of guests. Join us!
October 18, 2015

Young Artists Concerto Competition Winners announced!

Each autumn, EYSO invites Philharmonia and Youth Symphony students to audition for the prestigious opportunity to perform a concerto with their orchestra.  Past winners have performed masterworks by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Max Bruch, Dmitri Kabalevsky, and Edouard Lalo, to name just a few. On Saturday, October 17, students auditioned for a panel of expert adjudicators composed of music educators and teaching artists from throughout Chicago, and three exceptional winners were announced the following day. […]
November 7, 2015

Rachel Barton Pine

The acclaimed violinist joins the Youth Symphony this November to perform Jean Sibelius' stunning Violin Concerto.
November 7, 2015

Guest artist Rachel Barton Pine shares musical inspirations

EYSO’s Youth Symphony has spent the last week of concert preparations firmly focused on monumental repertoire by Mahler, Martinu, and Sibelius — the Finnish composer’s famed violin concerto for which they will be joined by acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine. At Friday night’s dress rehearsal, we spent a long time talking with Rachel onstage about everything from her 1742 Guarneri violin to preparing for college auditions.  Rachel was most excited […]
December 1, 2015

Giving Tuesday a big success!

We met and exceeded our goal, securing a $5,000 matching grant from the Grand Victoria Foundation.
January 1, 2016

Fifth Annual Faculty Recital

Conductors, coaches, and staff took the stage for an emotional and eclectic program.