• Elgin Symphony Orchestra


    Performing Arts

    About Us

    The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is unmatched for quality music and a fun, relaxing, cultural experience. In addition to magnificent music performed by some of the best musicians in the region, patrons can enjoy a drink, time with friends and even shop at the Elgin Symphony League Boutique in the lobby of the Hemmens Cultural Center. From start to finish – the ESO brings world class, big city entertainment without the hassles of the big city.

    ESO History
    Named “Orchestra of the Year” an unprecedented four times by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, (1988,1999, 2005 and 2016) and winner of a 2010 Elgin Image Award, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, now in its 67th season, is respected for exceptional performance, innovative education programs, and community outreach initiatives.

    Founded in 1950 by Douglas Steensland at Elgin Community College, the Orchestra has benefited from the contributions of many talented conductors and musicians during its sixty-three year history. With the appointment of Grammy Award-winning conductor Margaret Hillis as Music Director in 1971, the Orchestra’s artistic growth advanced significantly. The Orchestra became fully professional in 1985 under the direction of conductor/composer Robert Hanson, who was named Music Director earlier that year. Maestro Hanson held the position until his retirement at the conclusion of the 2010-2011 concert season.

    Continue reading history at: https://www.elginsymphony.org/about/


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    Rep/Contact Info

    Emily Brownfield
    Director, Corporate Sponsorships & Major Gifts
    • Phone: (847) 888-4000 ext. 222
    Wendy Evans
    • Phone: (847) 888-0404
    Gwen Gage
    Board Chair
    • Phone: (847) 888-0404
    Erik Malmquist
    Executive Director
    • Phone: (847) 888-0404
    Audra Odzana
    • Phone: (847) 888-0404
    Ms. Ashley Schoen
    Marketing Dir.
    • Phone: (847) 888-0404
    Ms. Jodie Stackowiak
    Office Manager
    • Phone: (847) 888-0404
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