EYSO’s 45th Season: Myths & Legends

Our 2020-21 season is called MYTHS & LEGENDS—and we can’t wait to explore it together. Through our study of incredible orchestral music, we’ll be building and examining connections between music and our wider world, exploring preconceived notions and societal and cultural constructs, and examining our own values and beliefs. We’ll ask the question, how do our myths and legends, both cultural and personal, influence our worldview?

Download a PDF of EYSO’s 2020-21 Season Handbook, which includes important information regarding EYSO policies and procedures. By participating in EYSO activities, you agree to abide by the most recent version of this Handbook:

Season Handbook (Revised 9/16/2020)

Download a PDF of EYSO’s 2020-21 Season Calendar:

Season Calendar

The Calendar and Handbook are subject to change, so check back regularly for updated versions and watch your weekly eNews for the most current information.

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January 2019

Schlagzeugfest 2019

January 11, 2019 - January 12, 2019
Waubonsie Valley High School Auditorium, 2590 Ogden Avenue
Aurora, IL 60504 United States
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Schlagzeugfest is an all day percussion festival designed for the percussionists of Indian Prairie District 204. The focus of the event is to elevate percussion artistry across the district by providing clinic and performance opportunities for middle school and high school percussionists. Every year interested percussionists from Fischer, Still, Scullen, Hill, Granger, Crone and Gregory come for an opportunity to play and learn more about percussion. This year, EYSO Percussion…

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Avalon String Quartet Comes to EYSO!

January 13, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
ECC Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States
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Sunday, January 13, the Avalon String Quartet  plays for EYSO! This is a rare opportunity to hear an internationally renowned ensemble—musicianship at the highest level—in a concert just for us! All EYSO students will attend, 4:30-5:00pm, followed by an open masterclass. (Youth Symphony members, plan to come early that day). Open to the public, no charge!

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Chamber Music Institute Rehearsals Resume

January 19, 2019 - January 20, 2019
ECC Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States

The second semester of CMI rehearsals begin on January 20. Contact CMI Director Theresa Goh for more information.

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February 2019

EYSO Open House

February 24, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
ECC Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States
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Students and families can visit rehearsals, meet current students and staff and explore the many possibilities available through participation in an EYSO ensemble. Please see ensemble descriptions for specific rehearsal times.

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April 2019

EYSO Open House!

April 14, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Elgin Commumity College, Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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FREE

OIN US SUNDAY, APRIL 14 EYSO OPEN HOUSE 3:30-7:00pm Students and families can visit rehearsals, meet current students and staff and explore the many possibilities available through participation in an EYSO ensemble. Download an Open House Guide in English or Spanish to help plan a visit! Download here: English Guide / Spanish Guide Current students interested in auditioning for the next level orchestra, please take advantage of this opportunity to…

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May 2019

2019-2020 Season Auditions

May 29, 2019 - June 1, 2019
ECC Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States

Auditions for the 2019-2020 EYSO season are May 30-June 2, 2019. The application to audition is available beginning February 1, 2019. Please click here to view Audition Information & Requirements and Placement Philosophy EYSO Audition Workshop 2019--Presentation

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July 2019

Summer Chamber Music Camp

July 22, 2019 @ 4:00 am - July 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Elgin Academy, 350 Park Street
Elgin, IL 60120 United States
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Challenge yourself in a chamber music setting while discovering a deeper approach to learning music. Work directly with an internationally acclaimed string quartet. Meet new people and learn something about yourself. EYSO's week-long program will divide string players into trios, quartets and quintets based on their age and ability. Each group will work with a regular coach and spend 3-4 hours together each day. The camp will also include chamber…

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August 2019

EYSO Fall Camp at Riverwoods (8/23 – 8/25)

August 22, 2019 - August 25, 2019
Riverwoods St. Charles, 35W624 Riverwoods Lane
St. Charles, 60174 United States
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More info to follow...

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October 2019

Annual College Q&A

October 6, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Free

The college application process can seem overwhelming, and trying to navigate the audition experience can make it even more challenging. Have you had questions like… How do I choose the right school? What are colleges looking for? How does the audition and application process work? What about double majors? Can I still do music without majoring in it? Join us at one of the Q&A sessions Sunday, October 6 to…

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Young Artists Concerto Competition

October 11, 2019 - October 12, 2019

Youth Symphony and Philharmonia students are eligible to audition for this year's Young Artist Concerto Competition. Auditions take place Saturday, October 12, and the winners will perform with their respective ensembles on the March and May concerts. If you're planning on playing but haven't gotten your conductor's approval for your piece, please do so ASAP. After your piece has been approved and you've secured your accompanist (click here for a…

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February 2020

Masterclass Opportunities: Matthew Agnew, cello (Elgin Symphony Orchestra)

February 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Hwy
Barrington, IL United States
Free

Masterclass with ESO Principal Cellist Matthew Agnew Where: Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Hwy, Barrington Date: February 15, 2020 Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Matthew Agnew studied Suzuki cello from age four with Marilyn Kesler in Okemos, Michigan. In high school, he had the benefit of orchestra instruction and guidance from Shirley Mullins, a Janos Starker student, and cello instruction from Jane Katsuyama of the Dayton Philharmonic. He…

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EYSO Open House 3:30-7:00pm

February 23 @ 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
ECC Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Dr.
Elgin, IL 60123 United States
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Free

JOIN US SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD EYSO OPEN HOUSE 3:30-7:00pm Students and families can visit rehearsals, meet current students and staff and explore the many possibilities available through participation in an EYSO ensemble. Current students interested in auditioning for the next level orchestra, please take advantage of this opportunity to check out other EYSO ensembles for yourself! Regular Sunday Rehearsal Schedule: Sinfonia, 3:15-5:15pm (Room H122) Philharmonia, 3:30-5:30pm (Room H123) Primo, 4:00-5:00pm…

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