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.
Prelude, Sinfonia, Philharmonia, and Youth Symphony students will gather at Riverwoods campus in St. Charles for our first event of the season!Find out more »
Rehearsals begin for all orchestras (not Brass Choir, Percussion Ensembles, or Chamber Music ensembles). Consult the weekly eNews and your EYSO handbook for schedule details.Find out more »
Primo begins their season with this special event! Primo Intermezzo: check in at 1pm Primo: check in at 2pmFind out more »
All EYSO families and students will gather in the Blizzard Theatre to begin this exciting season: Elemental.Find out more »
Philharmonia and Youth Symphony students may audition for the opportunity to perform a concerto with their orchestra during a spring concert. See the Young Artists Concerto Competition application for details.Find out more »
Primo and Primo Intermezzo make their debut with an Informance for families and friends. Celebrate our young musicians, and join us for cookies and punch afterward!Find out more »
The first concerts in our 2017-18 season, Elemental. Concerts at 2pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm. Reserve your seats at tickets.elgin.edu.Find out more »
All orchestras will not rehearse from November 13 - January 6. Orchestra rehearsals resume Sunday, January 7. Chamber music ensembles will be on break after their concerts next week on Sunday, November 19.Find out more »
Debut performances by our thriving Chamber Music Institute, comprising nearly 30 ensembles of all ages and skill levels.Find out more »
Orchestras, Brass Choir, and Percussion Ensembles resume rehearsals at ECC Arts Center today, following the standard Sunday schedule. Chamber Music Institute rehearsal resume on Sunday, January 28.Find out more »