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 Elmhurst Symphony Assocaition is pleased to announce the 2019/2020 Robert Stanger Young Artist Concerto Audition Winners: 

First Place:  Shivshankar Prasad, Piano
Tchaikaovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, 3rd Movement
9th Grade, James B. Conant High School, Hoffman Estates
Teacher:  Dr. Soyoung Kee

Second Place:  William Tan, Cello
Dvorak Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104,  1st Movement
9th Grade, University of Chicago Laboratory School, Chicago
Teacher:  Hans Jorgen Jensen

Third Place:  Mia Wimbiscus, Cello
Tchaikovsky Theme and (four) Variations on a Rocco Theme for Cello
10th Grade, New Trier High School, Winnetka
Teacher:  Hans Jensen

Fourth Place:  Elinor Detmer, Violin
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, 1st Movement
10th Grade, Home Schooled
Teacher:  Almita Vamos

Honorable Mention:  Abigail Park, Violin
Vieutemps Violin Concerto No. 5 in A minor, 1st Movement
10th Grade, Glenbrook North High School, Northbrook
Teacher:   Almita Vamos


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.



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