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The orchestras are directed by:

Enrique Vilaseco, Director of Orchestra
847- 415-4771 

Anthony Krempa, Associate Director of Orchestra

All orchestra members perform in four major concerts during the school year. The main emphasis for the orchestra program is the development of total musicianship through the study, preparation and performance of quality literature and an authentic understanding of the language of music through a sequential curriculum of music theory topics.

The Stevenson High School orchestra program is comprised of four orchestras: 

• Three sections of Concert Orchestra
• Symphonic Orchestra
• Patriot Orchestra
• Advanced Orchestra (2020-21)

Concert Orchestra is the non-auditioned orchestra ensemble in which all students are enrolled, unless they have auditioned for and been place in Patriot Orchestra, which is not an option for freshmen.

Patriot Orchestra is the top orchestra with enrollment being limited to grades 10, 11 and 12. For two concerts per year the top winds and percussion join the orchestra to perform standard full orchestra literature in classical and pops repertoire. 
In addition, chamber ensembles, outreach activities, special cultural and social activities are developed to enhance the orchestras and enrich the orchestra members.

The orchestras receive unyielding support throughout the year by the String Parents Association.


2019-20 Concert/Event Schedule
Date Time Event Location
Mon.-Tues., Aug. 5-6 9 a.m.-Noon Orchestra and Guitar Camp Orchestra Room (2200)

All incoming students are expected to attend this two-day event, and there is no registration or fee.

Date Time Event Location
Wed., Aug. 15 7 p.m. Senior Solo Recital Recital Hall (4100)
Tues., Sept. 10 7-8:15 a.m. Baroque Ensemble Auditions Orchestra Room (2200)
Fri., Sept. 13 7-8:15 a.m. Baroque Ensemble Auditions Orchestra Room (2200)
Thurs., Sept. 26 6 & 7:30 p.m. Orchestra Concert Performing Arts Center
Tues., Oct. 1 3:30-9 p.m. ILMEA String Auditions Check
Mon., Dec. 16 6 & 7:30 p.m. Orchestra Concert Performing Arts Center
Tues., Jan. 14 7 p.m. Consortium Concert Performing Arts Center
Tues., Jan. 28 7 p.m. Baroque Ensemble Concert Recital Hall (4100)
Jan. 29-Feb. 1 TBA ILMEA All State Festival Peoria
Wed., Feb. 12 6 & 7:30 p.m. Orchestra Chamber Concert Recital Hall (4100)
Thurs., March 5 7 p.m. Guitar Chamber Concert Recital Hall (4100)
Wed., March 11 7:30 a.m-3:30 p.m. Orchestra Clinic Day TBA
Thurs., March 19 6 & 7:30 p.m. Orchestra Concert Performing Arts Center
Orchestra/Guitar Placement Auditions
(Incoming freshmen/current students)
Orchestra Room (2200)
Wed., April 29 7 p.m. Baroque Ensemble Concert Recital Hall (4100)
Thurs., May 7 6 & 7:30 p.m. Orchestra Awards Concert Performing Arts Center
Tues., May 12 7 p.m. Guitar Concert West Auditorium (2206)
Fri., May 22 5 p.m. Graduation Sears Centre Arena

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Uniform/Dress Fitting Schedule for the 2019-20 School Year

All new Stevenson Orchestra students and returning male Orchestra students must attend one of the following uniform fitting sessions. (Returning girls do not need to attend fittings; girls purchase their dresses/blouses and will wear them all four years.)

  • Monday, Aug. 5 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 6 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 8 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 9 - 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Students are required to order their orchestra uniform through the SHS Online Store by July 31. Money in individual fundraising student accounts (trip accounts) can now be used toward uniform rental/purchase and SPA membership.

See the coupon below for adjustments that need to be made to length of uniform.

All boys’ pants and girls’ dresses come in one length only! They must be tried on immediately upon delivery and hemmed to correct length. Girls should take the shoes they will be wearing with the dress to the dry cleaners for accurate alteration.

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Cheesecake Fundraiser Information
World’s Finest Chocolate Fundraiser Information

Wendy’s - Friday, Nov. 22
Stop into Wendy’s Buffalo Grove (300 W. Half Day Rd.) any time between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Nov. 22 and 30% of qualifying sales will be donated to the String Parents Association. Present this flyer when ordering.