Symphony Notes, Newsletter for the Illinois Symphony Guild of Bloomington-Normal

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Upcoming Concerts

Saturday, April 15th, Discover the exotic influences of  Jolivet and Beethoven at the Inspiring Influences chamber concert at Second Presbyterian Church at 7:30. Dinner is available before the concert. Details are listed below. Join us after the concert for Coda Conversations.

Thursday, April 27th, Concerts for Kids journeys to Paris at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts at 10:00 am.

Saturday, April 29th The Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s Around the Town Chamber Music Series will perform at the Moses Montefiore Temple ( 102 Robinhood Lane - Bloomington) on Saturday, April 29th at 7:00. The program will feature a string quartet. The concert is free and all are invited to a reception following the performance.

Saturday, May 6th Explore epics, made in America at the Epic Ending concert at ISU’s Center for the Performing Arts. Join us for Concerts Comments by Laura Kennedy at 6:30 PM in the Center for the Performing Arts hall.

Pre-Concert Dinner

Join us for dinner prepared by Chef Gerald Safford prior to the ISO Concert at Second Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 5:30 PM. Meet ISO Musicians and mingle with other music lovers.


  • Spring Salad with Carrots, Tomatoes and Cucumbers
  • Roasted Pork with a Glaze served with Au Gratin Potatoes Honey Roasted Carrots Lemon Bars
  • Dinner Rolls and Butter Coffee & Tea

Vegetarian option, available upon request:  Vegetable Lasagna with white sauce

$30 Per Person

RSVP By Friday, April 7, 2023.

Mail checks payable to ISO Bloomington-Normal Guild to:

Carole Ringer
110 Hawthorne Lake
Bloomington, IL 61704

or call Carole at (309) 826-0288

Scholarship News

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra Guild of Bloomington-Normal will soon hold its annual private lesson scholarship audition on April 23rd, Sunday, from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the Second Presbyterian Church of Bloomington, Illinois. McLean county students in grades 8-11 who play an orchestral instrument are eligible to audition for the following scholarships:

$500 - The Brenda Azinger Memorial Scholarship - 1st place
$400- 2nd place
$300- 3rd place

These scholarships will be applied toward private lessons with area professional musicians. Audition procedures require that students prepare a solo that is no longer than 5 minutes. Two judges will write a critique of the performance based on some of the following criteria: accuracy to rhythm, tone quality, articulation, bowing, musicianship, intonation, and choice of literature.

Thank you Guild members for making these scholarships available to our youth who are the future of tomorrow's symphonies.

Membership News

Thank you to our members! Membership provides a way to connect and work together to elevate the power of music to enrich our community. You've chosen to lend your time and financial support to scholarships for tomorrow's music and to elevate today's musicians. We look forward to seeing you at all the upcoming concerts! And if you aren't already involved in one of the bridge, mahjong, book club, or other regular activities, reach  out to the membership director, Deena Coffman at (917) 628-9758 or for help making the most of  your membership

Midwest Food Bank

Once again the ISO Guild will volunteer at the  Midwest Food Bank. The dates are April 25, June  20, August  29, and October 24 - so mark your new 2023 calendar. Our work time is from 1 - 3 p.m. Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time in order to sign in and learn about the assignment for the day. No matter the season, volunteers must wear close-toed shoes. If other Guild members wish to join the group, please let Lynda Lane know by emailing or calling (309) 585-1036. There is a registration requirement on the Food Bank’s website. Please consider this opportunity to show B/N what a great organization The Illinois Symphony Guild is!

Lavender & Lemons Kitchen Tour

JUNE 17, 2023, 10 am – 4:00 pm

Sponsored by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra Guild, this popular kitchen tour benefits the orchestra guild’s programs for area school children. The new or remodeled kitchens on the tour feature a wide variety of styles, sizes, and budgets and are located in both new and historic neighborhoods. Also, featured are amazing outdoor kitchens and patios. Tickets are on sale at The Garlic Press and The Olive Bin in Normal, and in Bloomington at Caseys’ Garden Shop & Florist, Growing Grounds, Wendell Niepagen Greenhouse, AB Hatchery, and Hy-Vee customer service desk.

Cost: $20 per person

Contact: Co-chairs: Lynda Lane at or Peggy Hundley at

Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 15th, Inspiring Influences Chamber Concert at Second Presbyterian Church. Details are listed above.

Sunday, April 23rd, Student scholarship auditions will be held at Second Presbyterian Church. Details listed above

Thursday, April 27th, Concerts for Kids at BCPA. 10:00 AM.

Saturday, April 29th, Music Around Town concert at the Moses Montefiore Temple, 102 Robinhood Lane, Bloomington. Details above.

Wednesday, May 3rd, Concert Chat luncheon to be held at Bloomington Country Club beginning at 11:00 AM. Lunch will be served at 11:30. Cost is $30.00. Reservations can be made by calling Betty Ann Fisher at (309) 662-3424 or emailing her at

Saturday, May 6th, Epic Ending, 7:30 PM Concert at Illinois State University Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall. At 6:30 PM in the auditorium, there will be Concert Comments with Laura Kennedy.

June 7th, Annual Guild Meeting at Bloomington Country Club. Invitations will be mailed to all Guild members.

Saturday, June 17th, Lavender and Lemons Kitchen Tour. See above for more details.

Sunday, September 10th, Illinois Symphony Guild Gala, held at Illinois State University

If you have any questions regarding this newsletter, please contact Anita Carney at

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