Education and Community Engagement

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is the largest performing arts organization in Chicago's Southland, providing professional orchestral music of beauty and excellence to the region with a strong commitment to education.

Through a wide variety of engaging programs designed to meet the needs of students, teachers, and community members of all ages, we strive to build a stronger community and impart our passion of music and the arts.

2018 Education Concerts

Youth Concerts of IPO 2017


The IPO's Education Concerts reach 4,000+ school children of all ages each year.

Make your reservation now for our 2018 Youth Concerts featuring music from Harry Potter, along with Tchaikovsky, Copland and Anderson with Maestro Stilian Kirov conducting.

Just $7/student. 1 free chaperone/teacher ticket for every 20 student tickets purchased.

Seats assigned in order of reservation date, so reserve TODAY.

Tuesday, May 8, at 9:30 and 11:00AM

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 9:30 and 11:00AM


Venue: Trinity Christian College, Ozinga Chapel, 6601 W. College Drive, Palos Heights, IL



Call (708) 481-7774 or email for more information or to make
your class reservation today! 

Docent Program

IPO Docent program

The IPO sends our knowledgeable volunteers into community schools to prepare students for the Youth Concerts, providing information about the music they will hear, along with an explanation of orchestra instruments and concert etiquette.

Artists in the Schools

The IPO's Artist in the Schools program

Each year the IPO sends out its musicians in trios and quartets to share live music with children in the neediest area schools and community centers. This program allows children to better understand music and connect the arts with curriculum and daily life, while giving some students the opportunity to hear live classical music for the first time.

This work is supported through Annual Fund and other donor giving. Grants are available to bring in these ensembles; please contact Education and Operations Manager Rachel West at 708.481.7774.

IPO's Artists in the Schools Live!

Guest Artist Appearances

Each year the IPO brings in a variety of internationally acclaimed guest artists to share the stage with our orchestra. As their schedule permits, the IPO also arranges to have these musicians perform and do a Q and A with students and/or give masterclasses in area schools. The IPO is also pleased to offer special post-concert backstage access to students. (Pictured is pianist Lisa Smirnova during her visit to Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox.)

Meet the Maestro

Meet the Maestro Clinic with David Danzmayr

Started by our previous Maestro, David Danzmayr, the IPO partners with high school orchestras across the area by sending our Music Director in to present workshops to engage students, work on technique and develop musicianship.

Side by Side

Side by Side Opportunities for Select Students

The IPO collaborates with area high school music teachers to offer talented students a mentoring opportunity to experience how a professional orchestra prepares for a concert, giving them a chance to rehearse and perform alongside IPO musicians, culminating in a concert.

Rising Stars Showcase

Rising Stars Showcase

The Friends of the IPO is a volunteer group that supports the orchestra by hosting several fundraising activities, helping with mailings, and other activities.  One of the events they sponsor is the RISING STAR SHOWCASE, a program designed to offer performance ready music students in the Chicago Southland a chance to perform before a live audience.  This year the concert will be at 4:30 PM Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Flossmoor Community Church in Flossmoor, IL.

 If you are interested in applying, click here for the Rising Star application. You can print and fill out that application and include a personal reference from a music teacher, along with a sample performance recording (CD, DVD, or other).  The mailing deadline for returning your application, music teacher reference, and a sample of your music is Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

If you need additional information, please call the IPO office at 708-481-7774 or

Family Opportunities

Family Opportunities at IPO Concerts

The IPO offers free family-oriented opportunities before select concerts, including pre-concert performances for young musicians and hands-on activities suitable for children. (Photo taken at Rialto Square Theatre during our pre-concert lobby Meet and Greet before the Music from the Movies 2014 Holiday Concert.)