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Masterclass Opportunities

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is proud to feature ESO music director Maestro Andrew Grams and ESO Principal Timpanist Bobby Everson at our next Masterclasses this season.

A Masterclass for Adults with Maestro Andrew Grams

Are you in a college or adult ensemble or performing as a soloist? Would you like an opportunity to receive feedback from renowned ESO music director Andrew Grams? Here’s your chance! All instruments may apply. Application deadline: January 1, 2019.

Date: Saturday, February 9, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Location: Gail Borden Public Library, Meadows Community Rooms

Click here to apply for the Adult Masterclass with Andrew Grams.


Percussion Masterclass with Bobby Everson  (focusing on Timpani)

Date: Saturday, May 18. 2019

Time: 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Location: Gail Borden Public Library, Meadows Community Rooms

This masterclass is open to any and all percussionists and instructors.  Mr. Everson will focus on the timpani only.  Application deadline extended to April 15, 2019.


All you ever wanted to know about the timpani!

  • Tuning
  • Tone production and quality
  • Maintenance
  • Mallet choices (historically and acoustically)
  • And more!

Three percussion students will be chosen for a “mini lesson” during the masterclass. Follow link below to apply for this opportunity.

Click here to apply for the Percussion Masterclass with Bobby Everson.


If you have any questions, please contact director of community engagement, Wendy Evans.





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