Youth Programs

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 Artist Competition

The Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra present the Robert Stanger Young Artist Competition each winter to provide a forum for outstanding, Chicago-area high school instrumentalists to compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto movement with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra.

The Competition is sponsored in part by the Elmhurst Kiwanis Club and the Auxiliary of the Elmhurst Symphony Association in memory of Dr. Robert Stanger, a Kiwanian and President of the Board of Directors of the Elmhurst Symphony from 1968-1972.

2023 Competition

The 2022-2023 Stanger Competition took place on Saturday, February 18, 2023. Competition results will be announced shortly.

2022 Stanger Winners

The Elmhurst Symphony Association is pleased to announce the 2021/2022 Robert Stanger Young Artist Concerto Audition Winners:

First Place: Elinor Detmer, violin
Violin Concerto in D minor 1st movement, by Jean Sibelius
12th Grade, Homeschool
Teacher: Almita Vamos

Second Place:  Esme Arias-Kim, violin
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, 1st movement, by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
10th Grade, William Fremd High School
Teacher: Almita Vamos

Third Place:  Ella Saputra
Violin Concerto, 1st movement, by William Walton
11th Grade, James B. Conant High School
Teacher: Desiree Ruhstrat

Fourth Place: Sofia Radovic, violin
Violin Concerto, Op. 14, 1st movement, by Samuel Barber
11th Grade, Heritage High School
Teacher:  Desiree Ruhstrat

Honorable Mention: Sofia Grimes
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, 1st movement, by Max Bruch
11th Grade, Glenbard South High School
Teacher: Drew Lecher

School Outreach

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.

School Outreach visits are made possible in part by the 100+ Women Who Care of Elmhurst.

To inquire about having ESO musicians visit your school, please contact us.