Elmhurst Kiwanis, Elmhurst Symphony to hold Stanger Audition Feb. 16

  • Violist Margaret O'Malley was the 2018 Stanger Audition winner.

    Violist Margaret O'Malley was the 2018 Stanger Audition winner. Courtesy of Margaret O'Malley

Submitted by Linda Lyman
Updated 1/22/2019 8:05 PM

The public is invited to attend the 2019 Dr. Robert Stanger Young Artists Audition on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 W. Brush Hill Road in Elmhurst. Audition hours are from 9 to 11:45 a.m. and 1 to 4:15 p.m.

Those attending this free event may come and go throughout the day. Everyone is invited to attend a luncheon at Park Place, adjacent to the church, from noon until 1 p.m.


The cost is $23 per person. To purchase tickets, visit www.elmhurstsymphony.org or call the Elmhurst Symphony office at (630) 941-0202.

Conducted by the Elmhurst Symphony Association and sponsored by the Elmhurst Kiwanis Club and the former Auxiliary of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra through its Eunice B. Sidener Scholarship, the annual Stanger Audition was started in honor of the late Dr. Robert C. Stanger, who was president of Elmhurst College, a Kiwanian, and president of the Elmhurst Symphony Association.

The audition provides an opportunity for outstanding high school instrumentalists to gain recognition for their efforts and compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto movement with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra.

Three judges will offer written comments to each of the 22 high school entrants who come from Elmhurst as well as many surrounding suburbs.

Students will play music by a wide range of composers and for several different instruments, including violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, French horn and piano. Monetary awards are given to the four top performers; the first-place winner will perform with the ESO during its 2019-20 season.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Stanger Audition to hear these talented young musicians play. Who knows? You may be listening to the next Jennifer Koh, Mary Stolper or Joshua Brown. For more information call the ESO office or visit the ESO website at www.elmhurstsymphony.org.

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