CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2021
Please help us in congratulating our newest EYSO alumni!
EYSO CLASS OF 2021
Alex Karwowski – University of Minnesota, journalism
Alina Kwon – San Francisco Conservatory, flute performance
Allison Schaffer – Drake University, pre-occupational therapy with music minor
Anand Purushothaman – Illinois Institute of Technology, mechanical engineering
Arden Wheeler – Loyola Marymount University, biology
Audrey Forester – Purdue University, pharmacy
Avanish Narumanchi – Georgia Institute of Technology, electrical engineering
Axel Aguilera – University of Illinois, music education
Camden Hildy – DePaul University, film studies
Cayden Olsen – Loras College, engineering
Chanel Antoshin – Northern Illinois University, music education
Dylan Rhodes – New York University, music performance & biology/pre-med
EJ Ave – University of Illinois at Chicago, kinesiology
Eliana Eng – University of Illinois, biology
Elli Wallace – Illinois State University, music
Emanuel Vasquez – Indiana University, trumpet performance/jazz studies
Emilio Rodriguez – Augustana College, music education
Emily Nelson – North Park University, physics
Ethan Blankenship – University of Minnesota, chemical engineering
Genevieve Tuffy – University of Dubuque, nursing with Spanish minor
Ioanna Rendas – Illinois Wesleyan University, biochemistry/pre-med
Iona Dillon – Valparaiso University, music therapy
Isabel Bergmann – Saint Louis University, marketing
Jacqueline Fernandez – Drake University, doctor of pharmacy
James Butcher – Illinois State University, music education
Korey Krajecki – University of Alabama, business & corporate law
Lauren Chang – McGill University, biology
Lillian Cano – Arizona State University, pre-law
Lindsey Baron – Calvin University, political science & music
Luke Suarez – University of Illinois, music performance
Lydia Gruenwald – Luther College, history & cello performance
Madison Yehling – Eckerd College, marine biology
Matthew Styrna – Mannes School of Music, music performance
Maya Umlauf – University of Chicago, statistics & economics/data science
Michael Parchaiski – California State University, jazz studies
Miguel Rodriguez – Northwestern University, music education
Nathaniel Davison – Bradley University, undecided
Nathaniel Tunggal – Williams College, math or computer science
Noemi Csutak – Loyola University, neuroscience & psychology
Perry Li – University of Illinois, bioengineering/biomedical engineering/pre-med
Rachel Christensen – St. Olaf College, violin performance & history
Ronnie Gorka – Northern Illinois University, music education
Sam Greetis – Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester, applied music & economics
Samantha Ayars – Knox College, classics
Samuel Mathew – Saint Louis University, biology
Savannah Nichols – University of Illinois at Chicago, biochemistry
Taylor Williams – University of Illinois at Chicago, biology
Tyler Eng – DePaul University, music performance
Valerie Terdina – Wheaton College, music education
Vasudha Cidambi – Carnegie Mellon University, behavioral economics, policy, and organization
Vidya Gundlapalli – Loyola University at Chicago, biochemistry
Zachary George – undecided
Zachary Stordahl – Gustavus Adolphus College, physics
Zoe Umlauf – University of Chicago, molecular engineering & chemistry
Zylle Constantino – University of Illinois, chemical engineering & music performance
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• ALUMNI •
SPOTLIGHT ON EYSO ALUMNI PETER VAN NORTWICKPeter Van Nortwick graduated high school in 2009 after playing double bass in EYSO for four years (two years in Philharmonia, and two years in Youth Symphony). He went on to study political science in college, and now works as a Senior Account Executive at Wellspring Worldwide, a software technology firm based in Chicago. A member of the EYSO Board of Directors since 2015, Peter remains passionate about music as an avid concertgoer, record collector, and listener of all genres: “I’m a music agnostic,” he jokes. “I’m still a fan, I’m still involved in nearly every facet [of music] except performing,” he explains, adding, “and I’m perfectly okay with that.”
Even though he isn’t playing double bass these days, Peter vividly remembers his student performances with EYSO, as well as the larger lessons he took from the experience. “Being in EYSO and being taught to hone the skill of listening and processing a lot of information at one time” has come in handy throughout his career—talking to software clients and actively listening to understand their challenges is critical to his success in solving those same challenges. Understanding his role in each new sales situation is not unlike the understanding required of ensemble bassists: first, he needs to learn his own part, and then he must gain an awareness of everyone else’s parts and how he fits into the whole picture. (To hear more about these parallels in Peter’s own words, check out this clip from our interview.)
Peter is committed to making all EYSO alumni feel valued and giving them the opportunity “to stay engaged with the organization at whatever level they feel comfortable with, whether that’s simply coming to a concert and feeling like they’re at home, or getting on the Board of Directors, or just volunteering or becoming a donor.” Whether they’re still playing their instruments or not, “whether they were in EYSO for one year in 1980, or nine years graduating in 2021,” he’s looking forward to strengthening relationships with alumni near and far through the EYSO Alumni Facebook group, the new Alumni Newsletter and Alumni Mentorship Network, and more. Want to learn more and get involved? Contact Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org—he’d love to hear from you!
By Emily Krasinski, EYSO Membership Coordinator and Music Librarian
• STUDENTS •
ROBERT HANSON AWARD RECIPENT ANNOUNCED
The Robert Hanson Award was established in 2001 as part of the EYSO 25th Anniversary commemoration. Robert Hanson was the first conductor of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and a guiding force in its development throughout its first twenty-five years.
Congratulations to Harry Graham, viola, for submitting the winning essay. As recipient of the Robert Hanson Award, Harry receives a partial scholarship to a summer music camp of his choosing--Interlochen Arts Camp for Harry, where he recently applied and was accepted. Have a great time at camp Harry!
• VOLUNTEERS •
EYSO SERVANT LEADER AWARD RECIPIENTS
THANK YOU FOR ENSURING EYSO'S LEGACY
Last year, during our first-ever Stories Behind the Music campaign, Mr. Cohen shared his EYSO experience with his daughter Leah. Please take a moment to listen to this endearing story.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
05.10.2021: Stories Behind the Music (in progress)
05.23.2021: Music at the Elgin Public Museum
05.23.2021: Megan Healy & EYSO Collaboration (livestreaming from Sears Gallery at Elgin Academy)
05.27.2021: 2021-22 Season Auditions Begin (ending on May 30). EYSO.org/Join-EYSO
05.27.2021: EYSO Board Meeting
05.31.2021: Honors Chamber Ensembles perform at Wing Park, Elgin
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