The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra—A cultural gem of the western suburbs.

November, 2014


Dear Friends,


Symphonic music is about the joy, passion, and the yearning of the human spirit. The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra expresses the wonder of this music.  A cultural gem of the western suburbs, we bring exhilarating performances of world-class music, with highly professional players, right to the heart of the local community.

  • Ø  Our commitment to igniting lifelong engagement with music starts, of course, with our audience, and it extends beyond the concert hall.  


  • Ø  Our performances bring together a vibrant and diverse community – talented players, dedicated volunteers, audience members and supporters – from Elmhurst and across the Chicago region. We are united by concerts that both move and delight.


  • Ø  As part of our community outreach program, we bring the joy of orchestral music to more than 9,000 students in over 20 schools, half of which are underfunded and would likely not be able to provide this experience for the students.  


  • Ø  Our Robert Stanger Young Artists Audition affords local area high school instrumentalists the opportunity to share the stage with our accomplished players and to perform in a professional setting.  

The ESO has become a focal point for artistic collaboration, bringing together accomplished guest artists, up-and-coming young performers, and diverse arts organizations like DuPage Dance Academy, local high school orchestras, the Elmhurst Chorale Union, the Tower Chorale, Elmhurst College ensembles, the Apollo Chorus, Spirito, the Agape Handbell Ringers, and even Space Shuttle Astronaut Dan Tani, all in presentations that are informative and entertaining.

Only 40% of the cost to produce a concert is covered by ticket sales.  A strong Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra is a great enhancement to the quality of life in our community for people of all ages.  Please make a financial contribution NOW as part of our Annual Appeal that will help secure the ESO’s position as a pillar of our community for generations to come.  

With gratitude,

Stephen Alltop

Music Director and Conductor

"An orchestra exists not only to celebrate
music of the past, but also to serve as a mirror
for its own time and culture. I am pleased that
our audience has been so receptive to the mix
of classical masterpieces and fine newer
works that we present each season."

— Stephen Alltop, Music Director

Arts & Business Council of Chicago City of Elmhurst Illinois Arts Council WDCB MacArthur Foundation Driehaus Foundation




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P.O. Box 345
Elmhurst, IL 60126
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