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. 

This season's Auditions will take place February 17, 2018.

Applications must be postmarked by January 5, 2018.
Please review Eligibility Requirements before applying.

Click   Here   to download this year's application. 

Results of Stanger Auditions held on February 11, 2017


First Place: Aditi Prakash, Viola

Viola Concerto, Movement 1, by Sir William Walton

12th Grade, Naperville North High School

Teacher: Thomas Wermuth


Second Place: Jack Boettcher, Cello

Cello Concerto No.1 in E Flat Major, Op. 107 by Shostakovich

10th Grade, Naperville North High School

Teacher: Hans Jorgen Jensen


Third Place: Thomas Huang, Piano

Barber Piano Concerto Opus 38 by Samuel Barber

10th Grade, Barrington High School

Teacher: Dr. Soyoung Kee


Fourth Place: Nicole Weirui Tong, Violin

Barber Violin Concerto, Op.14 by Samuel Barber

9th Grade, Naperville North High School

Teacher:  Desiree Ruhstrat


Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically)

Evelyn Cappelli, Piano

Concerto for Piano, Op. 16, by Edvard Grieg

11th Grade, Oak Park River Forest High School

Teacher; Nancy Cappelli


Christina D'Antonio, Viola

Concerto for Viola by Walton

12th Grade, Wheation-Warrenville Hgih School

Teacher: Peter Slowik


Kaylin Liu, Violin

Concerto #2 in d minor, by Wieniawski

9th Grade, Metea High School

Teacher: Paul Zafer


Rebecca Moy, Violin

Concerto in e minor, by Mendelssohn

11th Grade, Classical Consortium

Teacher; Olga Kaler


Margaret O'Malley, Violin

Concerto in e minor, Op. 64, by Felix Mendelssohn

10th Grade, Glen Ellyn, Homeschooled

Teacher: Gerardo Ribeiro


Isabella Spinelli, Violin

Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, Tchaikovsky

12th Grade, Illinois Math and Science Academy

Teacher: MingHuan Xu


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.


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