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.
The 2016-17 season will explore the question: how is music political? Music historians have shown that every piece of music arises from within a particular culture, with its own values, morality, and power structures, and these are all embedded in the music itself.
The politics of music has been a rich topic of inquiry in music studies for at least the last twenty-five years, but three current events make it even more relevant today: the refugee crisis, the rise of a global economy accompanied by a rise in nationalism throughout the world, and of course, the 2016 American presidential election.
Join us in the Blizzard Theatre for a free, public masterclass with Corky Siegel and his legendary Chamber Blues, exploring the juxtaposition of blues and classical music.Find out more »
Legendary blues harmonica player, blues pianist, singer, songwriter, author and celebrated composer Corky Siegel takes the stage with EYSO's Brass Choir and Youth Symphony for an exciting one-night event of classical and jazz music, including a world premiere from Composer in Residence Ethan T. Parcell. Tickets available now at tickets.elgin.edu.Find out more »
The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors invites you to Springboard, the annual EYSO benefit gala.Find out more »
The Chamber Music Institute ensembles give their season finale performances -- a full afternoon featuring young musicians of all ages.Find out more »
If you're thinking about joining EYSO, this is for you! See EYSO behind the scenes: sit in on a rehearsal, ask questions of our friendly staff and volunteers, and learn about auditions and membership. Bring along a parent, sibling, friend, or teacher as well! Download the Open House Guide to make the most of your visit.Find out more »
Youth Symphony and Primo students will combine for one piece during May's We the People concerts. Today the ensembles join to meet their new stand partners and rehearse together.Find out more »
Sinfonia 7:15am check-in 7:30-8:30am on stage SF/PH Percussion Ensemble PH students check-in, then come directly to the stage (no classroom PH time) Percussion Ensemble rehearsal 8:40-9:00am Philharmonia 8:15am check-in 8:30-9:00am in room 123 9:10-10:10am on stage Brass Choir 10:00am check-in 10:15-10:45am on stage Youth Symphony Strings 10:45am check-in Primo 10:45am check-in YS strings/Primo combined rehearsal 11:00am-11:15am on stage Youth Symphony 11:15am-12:45pm on stage YS Percussion Ensemble 12:55–1:15pm on stageFind out more »
Identity & Music Music has always helped forge the identity of peoples, whether tribes, nations, religions, or even sports teams. Many of the great composers of the 19 th century are remembered for colorful music which celebrated the language and folk music traditions of their people. Featured is the deeply nationalistic music of Grieg (Norway), Dvorak (Bohemia), Sibelius (Finland), Vaughan Williams, Holst and others, as well as the American sound of Copland, Gershwin,…Find out more »