The Northwest Chicago Symphony Orchestra was established in the fall of 1979 as a result of numerous inquiries from Wright College graduates seeking performance outlets in the Northwest Chicago area.
Since its inaugural performance by nearly forty players, the Northwest Chicago Symphony Orchestra has grown to over sixty musicians who give four performances each season.
From the beginning, the orchestra, established by Michael Holian, has had as its guiding precept that of existing first and foremost to serve its members. If the members are well received and derive satisfaction from their involvement in the music making process, this will be reflected in the quality of the performance. The direct beneficiary of better performances is an appreciative public on the northwest side served by the orchestra.
Under a cooperative governance, the principal members of the orchestra have a voice in determining the program of the symphony, the featured performers in these programs, and are themselves featured in solo roles. Additionally, principals of sections are involved in making decisions regarding auditions of new members. This philosophy has served the orchestra well as it continues to grow and develop.
Our conductor, Michael Holian, is a professor of music at Wright College. He is a seasoned musician with years of experience as a teacher, performer, adjudicator, and as a conductor of both community and professional orchestras.
Acclaimed for its uncompromising pursuit of artistic excellence, the Northwest Chicago Symphony's success is largely due to the outstanding leadership and support shown by our Administrative Staff, Board of Directors, and Governing Member and Associates:
Sue Bohlman, Orchestra Manager Denise Calderon, Assistant Manger
Artistic Planning and Operations Verne Schwager, Artistic Director
Mary Ann Tapper, Administrative Assistant
Personnel Marylin Picchietti, Historian
Development Richard Hirsh, Program Notes
Sue Bohlman, Poster Design