Youth Symphony

Rehearses Sundays between 3 & 6 pm.
The Youth Symphony, founded in 1965, consists of the most experienced musicians in our organization. Students range in age through high school. Its members are drawn from a wide geographical area and enjoy the enrichment and challenge of performing with other serious and dedicated musicians.  The Youth Symphony has a history of presenting exciting repertoire and looks forward to each season of fine performances.

David Commanday, conductor – Maestro Commanday has had wide experience and a history of success with young and pre-professional orchestras. He is currently Artist in Residence and Adjunct Faculty Instructor in Music at Eureka College. He has conducted and taught at Harvard University, Boston University, MIT, the Longy School of Music, the Tanglewood Institute, and Virginia Commonwealth University, working with orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and private cello, bass, and guitar students at these institutions.

Maestro Commanday’s extensive work with young musicians commenced when he was named Music Director of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO). He brought the BYSO to national recognition, earning three ASCAP awards for programming and leading four international tours. Commanday and the BYSO commissioned and performed the world premiere of the Double Concerto by Ivan Tcherepnin, with soloists Lynn Chang and Yo-Yo Ma. The performance earned the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for the composition and its composer.

David Commanday is active in the United States’ music education community as conductor, clinician and adjudicator.

Commanday is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Heartland Festival Orchestra, and was recognized as Illinois Professional Conductor of the Year 2011 by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. His guest engagements with professional orchestra have spanned the globe. Abroad Maestro Commanday has appeared with such orchestras as the Israel Philharmonic, Belgian Radio Orchestra, and Vienna Pro Arte Orchestra. At home he has directed the National Symphony, American Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, and the Seattle, Atlanta, and California Symphonies. He has extensive experience with the ballet, conducting for Joffrey Ballet (New York and Chicago), Ballet West, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Washington Ballet, Peoria Ballet, and Kansas City Ballet.

Spring 2018 Calendar

Sunday, January 14th – FULL 3 – 5:30
Sunday, January 21st – Triple Format 3 – 6:00
Sunday, January 28th – NO rehearsals – ILMEA

Sunday, February 4th – Triple Format 3 – 6:00
Sunday, February 11th – Triple Format 3 – 6:00
Sunday, February 18th – YS Sectionals   3 – 5:00
Sunday, February 25th – FULL 3 – 5:30

Friday, March 2nd – Musical Masquerade
Sunday, March 4th – Triple Format 3 – 6:00
Sunday, March 11th – FULL 3 – 5:30
Sunday, March 18th – FULL 3 – 5:30
Sunday, March 25th – FULL 3 – 5:30

Sunday, April 1st – NO rehearsals – Spring Break EASTER
Sunday, April 8th – Triple Format 3 – 6:00
Sunday, April 15th – FULL 3 – 5:30
Friday, April 20th  – 6:30 pm – Youth Symphony call time at 5 Points Washington
Saturday, April 21st – 2:00 pm – Youth Symphony call time at 5 Points Washington –
Afternoon rehearsal concludes by 4:30 PM.
Student musicians need to be back on site and checked in by 7 pm, for 7:30 pm concert

Sunday, April 22nd – NO rehearsal
Thursday, April 26th – Concert Orchestra & Youth Symphony rehearse at ICC
Friday, April 27th – 7:30 pm – Scholarship Quartet, Concert Orchestra and Youth Symphony concert at ICC

Thursday, May 10th – Spring PREP/CICO/YS Strings Auditions
Saturday, May 12th – General Spring Auditions