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Music Director & Orchestra Personnel

Lawrence Eckerling

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.

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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.

Orchestra Personnel

The musicians listed below are scheduled to play in upcoming concerts. Click on any name to learn more about that musician.

Violin I

Julie Fischer Concertmaster
Aaron Glynn Member

Violin II

Cheryl Haack Principal


Terese Parisoli Principal


Rhea Davis Co-Principal
Mark Westbrook Co-Principal


Marc Temkin Member



James Donahue Principal


English Horn


Ralph Wilder Principal

Bass Clarinet




Michael Papierniak Principal
Ryan Foster Sedgwick Asst. Principal


Donald H Cagen Principal


Robert Holland Principal

Bass Trombone




Brian Kabat Principal
Russell Knutson Principal



Frank Winkler Member