The information below refers to the 2020-21 Stories Behind the Music. We will be updating this page for 2022-21 Season when the details are available.
Diane Stredde* §
Thomas (Tee) Duncan*
Allison Winsor* § *Member of the Board of Directors
§ Host Committee Co-Chairs
What is Stories Behind the Music?Stories Behind the Music is an “up close and personal” view of EYSO, told in the words of students, teachers, and volunteers –– and your invitation to become part of the life-changing experiences you will hear in these stories.
Why is it important?The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on arts organizations, both economically and psychologically. Many have “paused” their programs, others have shuttered their doors, but some – like EYSO – have found ways to persevere, remain true to their missions, and enrich the lives of their members and supporters in the face of great odds. Despite unprecedented challenges, EYSO found a way for its students to safely rehearse and perform in person; to continue their collaborative learning and life exploration through the study and performance of excellent music. But this dedication to mission has come at significant financial cost. Revenues from ticket sales and performance fees are down, and operating safely in a COVID-19 environment has added extraordinary expense.
How can you help?Your gift – in whatever amount you can afford – directly supports EYSO students on their journey of inquiry, creativity, and personal growth through the study of music. • Your gift provides need-based tuition assistance for aspiring student musicians from families with demonstrated financial need.
• Your gift underwrites production costs such as music stands, sheet music, and sound equipment.
• Your gift sponsors coaching sessions, group discussions, and “School-Day Tours” for Elgin-area middle and high school students.
• In short, your gift becomes a life-changing investment, ensuring that these Stories Behind the Music continue uninterrupted.
Please become part of these Stories Behind the Music - make a gift to EYSO today!P. S. Have you heard? EYSO was recently named the Illinois Council of Orchestra’s 2021 Youth Orchestra of the Year, a competitively awarded honor distinguishing EYSO among youth orchestras in the state. Another wonderful Story Behind the Music – and another great reason for donating to EYSO today…thank you!
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an “up close and personal” view of EYSO
told in the words of students, teachers,
Donate $50 and reserve your spot for a night of Stories Behind the Music FUN!
• Virtual Trivia!
• Silent Auction! • Door Prizes! •
Stores Behind the Music
Donate $50 and reserve your spot for a night of Stories Behind the Music fun at the Stories Celebratory Event! Don't wait! Tickets for the Virtual Trivia Event are extremely limited!
Silent Auction Opens!
Click here to put your bid on the wonderful items and experiences we have to offer!
Registration for Virtual Trivia Event closes
Stories Behind the Music Celebration - Virtual Trivia Night (7pm, can start logging in at 6:45pm) and Silent Auction! and
Get ready for a fun night with family and friends. Auction winners will be announced at the end of the night!
Close of theStories Behind the Music campaign and our Fiscal Year!
Thank you for supporting EYSO and helping us end the year on a positive note!
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