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Music Director & Orchestra Personnel
Conductor / Music Director
Lawrence Eckerling became Music Director in 2003. He continues to be committed to the on-going artistic growth of the Evanston Symphony and its talented musicians. He was named as 2007 Illinois Conductor of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras.
Prior to his tenure with the Evanston Symphony, Eckerling served as Music Director and Conductor of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra in Minnesota from 1986 to 2002. Earlier, he served as Assistant Conductor of the Omaha Symphony, and as Music Director and Conductor of the Omaha Area Youth Orchestra. In 1980, he founded the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Chicago which performed a series of free Music Performance Trust Fund concerts.
Born in Chicago, Eckerling grew up in Skokie and began his piano lessons when he was six in the Primary Piano Department at Northwestern University Music School. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (in both instrumental and choral) at Indiana University, and completed his Masters in Orchestral and Opera Conducting from the same institution.
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. He performed regularly
with the Chicago-based Duetri Ensemble and is also active in the
jazz and pop fields. Since 1984, as leader of Larry Eckerling and
His Orchestra, and recently as Owner and President of his new
company Momentum Talent Group, he has been presenting live music
from classical to rock and roll for private functions throughout
the Chicago area. Eckerling is now on the faculty at the Music
Institute of Chicago, where he is Conductor of the Community
Symphony and Quartet Strings.
Maestro Eckerling makes his home in Glenview, Illinois with his wife, Sharon, and their son, Jeremy.
Read more about Lawrence Eckerling at www.eckerlingconductor.com.
Behind the black ties
Behind those black ties and black skirts are your friends and neighbors, your co-workers, your acquaintances. These are people you see in the community, perhaps on a daily basis, who volunteer their time to make beautiful music together as the Evanston Symphony Orchestra performing world-class music right here in Evanston. On five Sunday afternoons a season, they transform themselves from their chosen professions into talented musicians sharing their love of music with you, their audience.