Instructor's Courses

Lawrence Eckerling

Conductor of Community Symphony & Quartet Strings
Program Area: 
Group Lessons
Adult Studies

Lawrence 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.

Awards and achievements: 

Lawrence Eckerling began his work conducting the Community Symphony at the Music Institue of Chicago in September of 2009. In addition to those duties, he also teaches the Quartet Strings and Musicianship classes.


Eckerling has served as Music Director of the Evanston Symphony Orchestra since 2002. He was named 2007 and 2014 Illinois Conductor of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras for his work in Evanston.


Prior to that appointment, he served as Music Director and Conductor of the St. Cloud Symphony (Minnesota) from 1986 to 2002.  Earler, he served as Assistant  Conductor of the Omaha Symphony, and as Music Director of the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras.  In 1980 he founded the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Chicago which performed a series of free Music Performance Trust Fund Concerts.



Eckerling is an active pianist, having performed as guest artist in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in blue with the Mt. Prospect Community Band and the St Cloud Symphony Orchestra.   He regularly performed with the Chicago-based Duetri Ensemble and is also active in the jazz and pop fields. Since 1984, as leader of "The Momentum Band," he presents live music from classical to rock and roll for private functions throughout the Chicago area.


Eckerling makes his home in Glenview, Illinois, with his wife Sharon, and his son, Jeremy.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

As leader of the Lake Forest Synthesizer Duo between 1984 and 1992, he has presented more than 500 educational concerts in schools throughout the region. And since 1984 as leader of “Larry Eckerling & His Orchestra”, he has presented live music from classical music to rock and roll for private functions throughout the Chicago area.