The ESO brings music to life for students throughout Chicagoland. In-school, interactive demonstrations, competitions and opportunities for students to perform with the orchestra expand the students’ musical horizons and help to foster a lifelong appreciation for diverse types of music.

Robert Stanger Young Artists Concerto Audition

The Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst and the Elmhurst Symphony present the Robert Stanger Young Artist Concerto Audition each winter to provide a forum for outstanding area high school instrumentalists to compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto movement with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. These awards are in memory of Dr. Robert Stanger, a Kiwanian, Past President of Elmhurst College, who also served as President of the Board of Directors of the Elmhurst Symphony from 1968-1972.
In addition to monetary awards, three-runners-up are invited to perform for local community groups. The auditions are sponsored in part by the Elmhurst Kiwanis Club and the Auxiliary of the Elmhurst Symphony Association. 

The 2018-2019 Auditions will take place February 16, 2019.  
The application form will be available here and also by mail in the fall, 2018.  
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Results of the 2017-2018 season Auditions which took place February 17, 2018:

First Place: Margaret, O'Malley, Violin

Concerto No. 3, Op. 61 , Movement 1, by Camille Saint-Saens

11th Grade, Homeschooled, Glen Ellyn

Teacher: Gerardo Ribeiro


Second Place: Matt Dardick, Alto Saxophone

Ballade, Movement 1, by Henri Tomasi

12th Grade, York High School, Elmhurst

Teacher: Roger Birkeland


Third Place: William Lyon, Cello

Cello Concerto in a minor, Movement 3, by Camille Saint-Saens

11th Grade, Wheaton Academy, Wheaton

Teachers: Julieann Tehan/Tanya Carey


Fourth Place: Nathan Brown, Marimba

Concerto for Marimba and Strings, Movement 1 by Emmanuel Sejourne

12th Grade, York High School, Elmhurst

Teacher:  Tom Leddy


Honorable Mention

Caitlin Yambao, Violin

Concerto in a minor, Movement 2, by Antonin Dvorak

12th Grade, Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville

Teacher; Tom Wermuth

Ensemble Visits to Schools

The ESO is committed to outreach and educational programs to help audiences of tomorrow come to a better understanding and appreciation of music of all types. The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra is a non-for-profit organization. The ensemble visits are made possible in part by the City of Elmhurst Tourism Fund, the Illinois Arts Council, Target Corporation, and Fifth Third Bank.




Auditions will be held 2-16-2019.


P.O. Box 345
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 941-0202