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.


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 and 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 ESO is pleased to announce the 2018-19 season Stanger Winners

First Place: Justin Chang, Piano
Piano Concerto No. 2, Mvmt. 1, by Sergei Rachmaninoff
11th Grade, William Fremd High School, Palatine
Teacher: Sung Hoon Mo

Second Place: Amelia Korbitz, Violin
Violin Concerto No. 1, Mvmt. 1, by Sergei Prokofiev
12th Grade, Downers Grove North High School
Teacher: Thomas Wermuth
Third Place: Nicholas Boettcher, Double Bass
Bass Concerto, Mvmt. 1 & 2, by Serge Koussevitzky
9th Grade, Naperville North High School
Teacher: Andy Anderson
Fourth Place: Claire Arias-Kim, Violin
Concerto in A minor, Op. 53, Mvmt. 1 by Antonin Dvorak
12th Grade, William Fremd High School, Palatine
Teacher: Almita Vamos
Honorable Mention
Grace Kim, Violin
Concerto in A minor, Mvmt. 1, by Alexander Glazunov
12th Grade, Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville
Teacher: Desiree Ruhstrat


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 has scheduled professional musicians to perform in the elementary schools for more than 30 years.  Our program runs in a five year cycle, each year highlighting an orchestra instrument family.
The Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra is a non-for-profit organization. The ensemble visits are made possible in part by the 100+ Women Who Care of Elmhurst.




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