The Protégé Philharmonic will present its 1st free concert.




 bell Chicago – The Protégé Philharmonic will present its 1st free concert and Annual Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long of the 2010 – 2011 Season.

 The concert will be presented in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street at Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.


Musical selections will include Festive Overture, Op. 96 by Shostakovich; Noon Witch by Dvorak; Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas; Sleigh Ride and Christmas Festival by Anderson; Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a by Tchaikovsky; and a Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long with audience participation.




 WHO WE ARE… We are a serious music education for serious musicians and have been in existence for over 30 years. Joseph Glymph, Music Director, to offer opportunities to young artists interested in pursuing classical music, founded the orchestras in 1979. During this thirty-year period, the organization has grown from one orchestra made up 17 players to two full symphony orchestras with over 180 musicians. In addition, the organization offers performance opportunities in chamber music, solo competitions, and contemporary music. As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary Season, the organization stands strong with two highly successful independent youth training orchestras: The Protege Philharmonic for college-level musicians and The Protégé Philharmonic for advanced junior high and high school level musicians.


WHY WE EXIST… The mission of the organization is to provide training to highly talented music students in the knowledge and performance of virtually all aspects of symphonic orchestra repertoire, and to provide regularly-scheduled free or low cost music rehearsals and concerts of a nearly professional caliber for the benefit of the public. The long-term value that our program provides includes:


·        Important training for future musicians

·        Opportunity for evaluating career potential

·        Development of future audiences

·        An improved cultural climate through youth orchestra concerts


WHO IS THE CONDUCTOR…J oseph Glymph, Founder and Music Director, has a Bachelor’s Degree in violin performance and graduate studies from Northern Illinois University and has been a member of the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra in Fish Creek, Wisconsin, Assistant Concertmaster and Concertmaster of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and Concertmaster of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. He served 11 summers as Guest Concertmaster of the Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra July 4th concert series. With over 40 years’ experience as a music educator, Maestro Glymph is nationally renowned for his superb orchestra training of music students. He is currently on the faculty of Northeastern Illinois University, where he is music director and conductor of the String Orchestra and teaches violin and viola. He is also a prominent private teacher of the violin, viola and cello in Chicago.


WHERE WE PERFORM OUR CONCERTS…Classical and Protégé are very active members in the arts community in Chicago! In addition to performing a free concert series at The Chicago Cultural Center and Northeastern Illinois University (12 annual concerts), they perform two showcase joint concerts; at Harris Theater for Music & Dance in the Fall, and at Navy Pier in the Spring; plus 3 chamber music concerts with members of Classical. Weekly rehearsals for these concerts are held on Saturdays in Classical Symphony Hall in downtown Chicago


WHERE OUR PLAYERS COME FROM…The Protege Philharmonic and The Protégé Philharmonic serve a vast geographical area. The reverse side lists the schools (46) and communities (37) our members represent for the 2010 – 2011 Season! Formal auditions are held twice a year for each Orchestra for the Fall and Summer Seasons.


AND WHERE THEY GO AFTER… The Protege Philharmonic boasts many alumni playing in professional orchestras throughout the United States and abroad. The Protégé Philharmonic orchestra members win top music scholarships and performance awards at major universities throughout the United States.


AND WHAT IF THEY DON’T MAKE MUSIC THEIR CAREER… As Peggy Atkinson, Past Chairman, Youth Orchestra Division, Executive Committee of The American Symphony Orchestra League, so aptly states: “I truly believe one of the most valuable products of youth orchestras will be thousands of future citizens who will be the informed and interested audiences and patrons of The Orchestras of the future.”


 Introducing The Orchestra Members Of

The Classical Symphony Orchestra & The Protégé Philharmonic

2010 – 2011 Season!