EYSO also will present its 2018 Music Educators of the Year Award to Michael Kasper and Beth Wood of Carpentersville Middle School at each performance, including a special reception in the theater lobby between 5:45 and 7:15 p.
Each season, EYSO students explore a thematic curriculum.
EYSO will host its annual gala Springboard 2018 Saturday, April 14, at the Elgin Country Club.
For information about Springboard 2018, or EYSO auditions and performances, visit www.
On Sunday, March 11, the EYSO will present Kasper and Wood with awards during the "Water" concert, with performances at 2, 4:30 and 7:30 p.
Wood is an alumna of the EYSO, having played in its top group, the Youth Symphony, during her high school years.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Randal Swiggum, the nearly 400 students of EYSO
explore a comprehensive curriculum each season one which aims not only to help these students develop artistically and technically, but also to prepare them for a future of complex ideas, creative risk-taking, and leadership as global citizens.
Since its beginnings as a small string orchestra in 1976, EYSO has grown to a community of nine large ensembles and nearly 30 chamber music ensembles.
Directed by nationally recognized leaders in music education, EYSO ensembles have performed at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Illinois Capitol, and on 98.
The Sterling Brass Quintet is made possible by the generosity of EYSO patron Sterling (Stu) Ainsworth.