Preludio Orchestra (ages 10 and up)

Preludio Orchestra (for strings) (ages 10 and up, Book 3 and up) • 90 minutes • $336.05; reduced rate for MIC students enrolled in private Suzuki lessons • $285.85 • 15 weeks


The mission of Preludio Orchestra is to introduce young string musicians to playing in an orchestral setting and learning great orchestral repertoire. Concurrent enrollment in their public or private school's music program is required. Participants in Preludio play at a Suzuki Book 3 level and above. Since its inception in 2015, the orchestra has doubled in size. The orchestra rehearses on Saturdays from 12:30-2 pm at the MIC Winnetka campus in the Thoresen Performance Center and gives two annual performances in Nichols Concert Hall, Evanston.

        Saturday            12:30 – 2:00 PM           Aaron Kaplan               Winnetka (Thoresen)

 $30 registration fee for new students applies.


Aaron Kaplan has been the conductor of the Preludio Orchestra since 2015. Aaron is a Chicago-based conductor, music director, cellist, teacher and arranger. He is currently the Assistant Orchestra Director at Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South High Schools where he co-teaches all of the curricular orchestra classes, is the assistant conductor for the Glenbrook Symphony Orchestra, teaches AP Music Theory, writes the orchestrations for both schools' annual Variety Shows, and conducts the pit orchestra for the Glenbrook Musical. He previously served as the Interim Conductor for the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestras and the Music Director/Conductor for the Sangamon Valley Youth Orchestra and Community Orchestra. He has been the music director/conductor for 50 musical theatre productions including Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Guys & Dolls, Of Thee I Sing, The Producers and dozens more. Aaron has attended conducting festivals in the US and Europe, most recently in Sofia, Bulgaria with the New Symphony of Bulgaria and Zlin, Czech Republic with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic. Aaron is also the Assistant Director for the Chicago Suzuki Institute, operated through MIC, where he conducts an orchestra and the cello choir. Aaron is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with degrees in Cello Performance and Music Education (2011) and a Master's in Orchestral Conducting (2013). He studied cello with Holly Compton, Blake Brasch, Ani Aznavoorian, and Brandon Vamos, and conducting with Donald Schleicher.


Fall 2021 rehearsals begin Saturday, September 25, 2021. Register ahead of time to be sure you get a spot.

If you miss the deadline or don't see a class that fits your schedule contact Guinevere Grimstad.

No classes November 23-28, 2021

Summer Price: 
Materials Fees: 
Semester Duration: 
6 weeks
Fall Price: 
Materials Fees: 
Semester Duration: 
15 weeks
Class Duration: 
90 minutes
Semester Begins: 
September 21, 2020

Summer 2021 Classes

DayTimeStart DateLocationInstructor

Fall 2021 Classes

DayTimeStart DateLocationInstructor
Saturday12:30 - 2:00 pm | open to all students9/25/2021Winnetka Aaron Kaplan Add to Cart
Saturday12:30 - 2:00 pm | for MIC private Suzuki students9/25/2021Winnetka Aaron Kaplan Add to Cart