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Masterclass Opportunities

The Elgin Symphony brings world class guest artists every season to work one-on-one with talented local students in front of an audience at the Gail Borden Public Library. These presentations are free and open to the public. Whether you are a teacher, student, or music lover, the ESO masterclasses will enlighten anyone interested in the learning process.


Frank Rosenwein, oboe

Date: Saturday, February 8,  2020

Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Where: Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin


Frank Rosenwein joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal oboe at the beginning of the 2005–06 season. He made his solo debut with the Orchestra in February 2007, in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. Since then he has performed many times as soloist, including playing the Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto in 2012 and the first Cleveland Orchestra performances of the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto in 2017.
Since 2006, Mr. Rosenwein has served as head of the oboe department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where in 2015 he was given the Alumni Achievement award. He also teaches at the Kent Blossom Music Festival, and is in demand as a guest artist and masterclass clinician in schools all over the world. An avid chamber musician, he has spent many summers at the Marlboro Festival and has performed with the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Seattle Chamber Music Society.
Born in Evanston, Illinois, Mr. Rosenwein holds a bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with John Mack (Cleveland Orchestra principal oboe, 1965–2001), and a master of music degree from the Juilliard School. Prior to coming to Cleveland, he served as principal oboe (2002–05) of the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera.
Mr. Rosenwein is married to Cleveland Orchestra associate concertmaster Jung-Min Amy Lee. They live in Cleveland Heights with their twin boys, Joshua and Julian, and their dog, Sofie.

If you are interested in participating as a student and performing on this masterclass, please print out application form below and mail to:
Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Attn: Frank Rosenwein Masterclass
20 DuPage Ct.
Elgin, IL 60120

ESO Master Class Application Form PDF


Recently added:

Masterclass with ESO Principal Cellist Matthew Agnew

Where: Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Hwy, Barrington

Date: February 15, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Matthew Agnew studied Suzuki cello from age four with Marilyn Kesler in Okemos, Michigan. In High School he had the benefit of orchestra instruction and guidance from Shirley Mullins, a Janos Starker student, and cello instruction from Jane Katsuyama of the Dayton Philharmonic. He attended DePaul University on scholarship and studied with William Cernota from the Lyric Opera Orchestra. In 2001 he won second place at the Lansing Matinee Musicale Richardson Awards.

Matthew is the principal cellist of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2002. He also plays with several Chicago area orchestras, including Chicago Opera Theater, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and the Joffrey Ballet. In 2005 he was awarded the assistant principal position with the Lancaster Festival Orchestra, a summer festival orchestra in Lancaster, Ohio.

On February 2, 2020, he will be performing the Saint-Säens Cello Concerto with the Fox Valley Orchestra.

ESO Master Class Application Form PDF



Contact Wendy Evans, Director of Community Engagement at w.evans@elginsymphony.org

847-888-0404 ex. 238