Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Announces Inaugural Scholarship for High School Graduators – Shaw Local


DeKALB – DeKalb County high school students have the opportunity to receive a $500 scholarship through a new Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra program, according to a recent announcement.

The award will be given to seniors who have performed in an instrumental music ensemble in a high school orchestra, band, or other musical group and who intend to perform in an instrumental music ensemble in college this fall.

To apply for the scholarship, students must submit a completed application form along with an essay and arrange two letters of recommendation. Applications and full details are available from secondary school counselors and guidance offices, and can be viewed and downloaded from the orchestra‘s website at

The application deadline is April 1. Scholarship recipients will be officially announced at the May 7 Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert and at each high school student’s awards night, according to a news release.

In its 45th concert season, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra brings classical and popular music performances to the DeKalb County community. This season, the orchestra, led by Music Director Linc Smelser, will return to the stage to perform for a live audience at Boutell Memorial Concert Hall inside the Northern Illinois University Music Building.

Upcoming concerts include the Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 19 with guest soloist Esme Arias-Kim on violin. The Spring Pops concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. And a preoccupation “Happy 45th Anniversary, KSO” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 with guest violinist Genevieve Smelser.

Visit for all concert and ticket information. For more information, contact the orchestra’s Executive Director, Kelsey Chelberg, at 815-756-3728 or by email at [email protected]


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