Using music as a lens to understand the human experience, as expressed in masterworks of sound, students are not only challenged to perform great pieces of symphonic music at the highest possible level of technical excellence, but they are also challenged to become “expert noticers” and to explore deeply an essential question.
When Gustav Mahler was sketching his monumental Third Symphony, he penciled in at the top of the first movement “what the mountains tell me.” Composers have always been inspired and challenged by the natural world—not just to imitate it, but seek to understand it and share their understanding in sound. Using critical inquiry and EYSO’s famous “expert noticing,” we’ll study great symphonic music as a lens to understand concepts like organicism, musical motifs as DNA, and the orchestra as a kind of ecosystem. Featuring music of Bernstein, Dvořák, Rachmaninoff, Bach, and more.
Dress Rehearsals for the March 11 Concert for Primo, Brass Choir and Percussion Ensemble will occur during the regularly scheduled rehearsal on this date.Find out more »
Families, students, teachers, and friends are welcome to see EYSO "behind the scenes": visit rehearsals, meet our conductors and staff, and learn about joining EYSO.Find out more »
Dress rehearsals for the following ensembles: Sinfonia Philharmonia Youth Symphony Detailed schedule coming soon.Find out more »
The second installment of our Elemental season explores water. Concerts at 2pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm. Reserve your seats at tickets.elgin.edu.Find out more »
The season finale concerts for our chamber music ensembles.Find out more »
Visit rehearsals, meet conductors and staff, and learn everything you need to know about auditions coming up in June.Find out more »
Prelude prepares onstage for our season finale concerts: Fire.Find out more »
Ahead of our season finale, ensembles prepare on the Blizzard Theatre stage. Primo Sinfonia Philharmonia Youth Symphony Detailed schedule TBA.Find out more »