Engage with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra in
its mission to ignite lifelong engagement with music through high-caliber
performance, innovative programming and community collaboration.
community has a long and proud tradition of coming together to enjoy well-performed
symphonic music. The encouragement and generous financial support of the
community has allowed the symphony to provide quality concerts for 54 years. In
the 1940’s the Elmhurst Community Theatre Orchestra provided music between
sets of summer plays at the Elmhurst Community Theatre. They also
performed at schools, churches, parks and other civic functions. From 1959
to 1961 the Theatre Orchestra transitioned into the current organization led by
its first Music Director John Lazich. The first performance of the Elmhurst
Symphony Orchestra was on November 19, 1961.
last thirty years has seen the successful accomplishment of more diverse and
complex musical challenges and more and more talented professional musicians
becoming a part of our rich symphonic traditions. We are especially
proud of the contributions of Music Director Dale Clevenger (1981-1995) to the
growth of the ESO. The growing reputation of the Elmhurst Symphony has expanded
enormously with the nationally renowned leadership of Dr. Stephen Alltop who
has been the Music Director since 1995.
Stephen Alltop, Music Director, has built a career based on
excellence in several disciplines, conducting both orchestral and choral
ensembles, and performing as a keyboard artist. The 2016-17 season marks Mr.
Alltop's 21st season with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra.
Under Dr. Alltop's direction, the Elmhurst Symphony
completed a performance cycle of Beethoven's Symphonies, presented Mahler's
Symphonies 1, 2 and 3, and has given world premieres of works by Alan
Terricciano, Jan Bach, James Clemens, Miguel del Aguila, Frank Ferko, and
Maxwell Raimi. The Elmhurst Symphony has received recognition from the Illinois
Council of Orchestras for innovative programming, volunteer activities and
This year will be Dr. Alltop's 15th season as
Music Director of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago. He also serves as Associate
Conductor of the Peninsula Music Festival in Wisconsin and on the faculty with
the Green Lake Festival in Wisconsin.
Dr. Alltop has been a member of the conducting faculty of
Northwestern University since 1992. In addition to conducting, he has appeared
extensively as keyboard soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, and recording
artist. Between June and October of 2006, he conducted concerts in the Italian
cities of Perugia, Bologna and Rovereto.
Stephen Alltop is represented by Joanne Rile Artist
The Elmhurst Symphony is comprised of professionals and
accomplished community/volunteer musicians Rehearsals take place Wednesday
evenings from 7:30 - 10:00 pm and concert weekends.
We provide musicians the opportunity to perform under the direction of our outstanding conductor, Stephen Alltop, surrounded by the impressive talent of both professional and accomplished volunteer players. Plus spectacular collaborations with a wealth of guest performers and groups allow us to offer a diverse repertoire and the chance to perform alongside both up-and-coming artists and highly acclaimed talent.
Our primary venue, the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, has wonderful acoustics and provides a satisfying ambiance for our musicians’ work.
Musicians who are interested in auditioning for the Elmhurst
Symphony Orchestra should contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by
phone at 630-941-0202. We
typically hold formal auditions in early September. Interested parties
should prepare one movement of a concerto or sonata and 3-4 excerpts of their
choice. Please specify what instrument you play and whether you are
looking for a community or professional position.
(Professionals, please send a current resume).
Join us to be part of a magical musical experience. With your help, we can keep outstanding-quality music alive in our community.
Cynthia Bergquist Krainc, B.A., M.A., Executive Director
Jillian McWilliams, Librarian
Alison Gaines, Assistant Conductor & Orchestra
Board of Directors
Raymond Allen, Vice President
Carl Amrhein, Treasurer-Secretary
David J. Novotny, President