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Community Symphony Concert


Free and open to the public!


The Music Institute of Chicago’s Community Symphony is an educational orchestra that rehearses music of the symphonic literature, both for performance preparation and purely for the value of learning in the rehearsal setting. The program is for intermediate-level adult musicians.


About Lawrence Eckerling, conductor
The Illinois Council of Orchestras (ICO) named Lawrence Eckerling its 2014 Conductor of the Year.  Mr. Eckerling is Conductor and Music Director of the Evanston Symphony Orchestra and the Music Institute of Chicago's Community Symphony and Quartet Strings.

His past positions have included Music Director and Conductor of the St. Cloud Symphony (Minnesota), Assistant Conductor of the Omaha Symphony, and Music Director of the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras.  Eckerling's local guest conducting engagements have included the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Park Ridge Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra and the Kankakee Symphony Orchestra among others. He also founded the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Chicago and in 2007 was named Illinois Conductor of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras for his work in Evanston.


Eckerling earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (in both instrumental and choral music) at Indiana University, and completed his Masters degree in Orchestral and Opera Conducting from the same institution.



About MIC Adult Studies Program

The Music Institute of Chicago’s Adult Studies Program welcomes anyone older than 18 and offers a wide selection of opportunities including private instruction, chamber music, group classes, musicianship, music appreciation, bands, and orchestras. The faculty excels in adult education and provides a supportive environment. Beginners, returning students, and lifelong learners are welcome.