Taking Note – Issue 38, May 2022

May 25, 2022



Movie lovers of all ages will enjoy this live performance featuring students from EYSO's Youth Symphony.  The evening will include the unforgettable scores from blockbuster movies including Pirates of the Caribbean, West Side Story, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and MORE! This is an EYSO performance you won't want to miss! For more information visit Arcada - Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (eyso.org)

To purchase tickets, click here.


It's not too late to register for EYSO's Summer Chamber Music Camp. This week-long Summer Chamber Music Camp divides 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 also includes masterclasses, classes in composition, Alexander Technique to improve posture and promote relaxation, listening workshops, and performances and mentoring by KAIA String ensemble: a total of more than 35 hours of instruction. The week culminates with a performance for families and friends. Visit Summer Chamber Music Camp - Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra (eyso.org) to learn more and to apply. 

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 8.


EYSO is excited to once again offer two paid summer positions for high school juniors, seniors, or recent graduates. Funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, these part-time (20 hrs/week) student employees will work closely with our administrative staff and learn all about what happens "behind the scenes" at EYSO!Click the job descriptions to read more, and spread the word: these positions aren't only for EYSO students! Any interested and eligible candidate is welcome to submit application materials to jobs@eyso.org by June 3, 2022.



EYSO is in need of volunteers to assist with auditions Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, May 29. Volunteer opportunities include audition warm-up room monitors and audition room assistance. If you have never volunteered with EYSO, this is your perfect chance. No musical experience is required! To register, click here.


Welcome to the EYSO Alumni Community!


Saarang Bakre – University of Illinois at Chicago, mechanical engineering 

Aani Borrego — Elmhurst University, violin performance & music education 

Nora Brink — College of the Holy Cross, chemistry 

Kody Bruce — Loyola University of Chicago, molecular neuroscience 

Kennedy Buehler – Northern Illinois University, music performance 

Daniel Bulpitt — DePaul School of Music, music education 

Alan Chen — University of Colorado Boulder, biochemistry 

Emma Chen — University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, computer science 

Anna Creech — University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, sustainable design 

Chelsea Davis — Illinois State University, music education 

Aayush Desai — University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, computer science & philosophy 

Linnea Diersen — Wheaton College, secondary English education 

Toby Elliott — DePaul University, percussion performance with sound design/recording/production minor 

Ella Erickson — Wake Forest University, environmental and sustainability studies 

Christina Fetterly — University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, music composition 

Evalin Feuser — Moody Bible Institute, intercultural studies 

Michelle Gain — Concordia University Wisconsin, communication sciences & disorders 

Oscar Garcia — University of San Diego, business economics 

Harry Graham — New England Conservatory of Music, viola performance 

Molly Gruman — University of Kansas, architecture 

Carleen Gussman – Illinois State University, music education & horn performance 

Taylor Headley — Marquette University, secondary education & English 

Jonathan Hirtzig — Elgin Community College, music 

Evelyn Irwin — Undecided 

Jacy Jacobus — University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, violin performance 

Sarah Leardi — Fontbonne University, biology (pre-chiropractic) 

Nayoon Lee — Undecided 

Trevor List — Iowa State University, computer science 

Nora Maloney — Hope College, political science & history 

Ian Martinez — Elmhurst University, music education 

Aisling McGrath — Bucknell University, accounting 

Aidan Murray — University of Notre Dame, aerospace engineering & organ performance 

Niku Myers — University of Michigan, molecular biology 

Matt Ostergard — Iowa State University, engineering 

Ethan Park — Brown University, biology & music 

James Petno — Wheaton College, psychology 

Ethan Sanderson — Bradley University, engineering 

Ailish Seibert — Elgin Community College, English 

Luke Shimizu — University of Massachussetts Amherst, biology (pre-med) 

Micah Shimizu — Bates College, biology (pre-med) 

Peyton Siegler — Undecided 

Damian Sulikowski — Undecided 

Alan Taylor — University of Idaho, cyber security with undecided minor 

Cara Thomas — Belmont University, music education 

Anushi Varma — University of Michigan, neuroscience 

Nikhil Venkat  

Emily Zimmer — Pepperdine University, biology 


05.26-05.29.2022: EYSO Auditions
05.31.2022: Honor Chamber Ensembles Recital: 7pm at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Elgin (FREE)

06.01.2022: Earl Clemens Quintet Performance: 6pm at the 1st Street Plaza in downtown St. Charles (FREE)
06.03.2022: Deadline to apply for a 2022-23 Honor Chamber Ensemble: Click here for more information.
06.08.2022: Deadline to apply for Summer Chamber Music Camp
06.29.2022: EYSO at the Arcada: 7pm  Purchase tickets in advance of the event.

07.04.2022: City of Elgin 4th of July Parade
07.25 - 07.29.2022: Summer Chamber Music Camp: Click here for more information.

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