Announcing the 2023 Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition Winner

 The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra is pleased to congratulate the winner of the 2023 Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition: Ella Wimbiscus, cello, who performed Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33 by Tchaikovsky.

Additional congratulations to Neal Eisfeldt, violin, the runner-up, as well as to two honorable mentions: John Lee, violin, and Jaden Teague-Núñez, steelpan.

More information about the 2023 winner can be found here.

The concerto competition featured instrumentalists who are Illinois residents and are 18 years of age and younger as of December 1, 2022. Each competitor had 12 minutes to perform one or more movements of a concerto of the musician’s choice, which was critiqued by a panel of judges. The winner will perform the concerto with the orchestra at the KSO’s Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert on February 18, 2023.

The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra Continues Its 46th Season
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra (KSO), led by Music Director and Conductor Linc Smelser, will present its annual Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. This concert will include a concerto performed by the winner of the Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition and will take place in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the Northern Illinois University Music Building. Ticket information can be found here.


Northern Illinois University no longer requires that masks be worn inside of university buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, persons preferring to wear masks are encouraged to do so. The university guidelines for wearing masks in university buildings during the pandemic are found ​here. Changes in those guidelines will be followed by the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

To learn more about the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, visit its website, kishorchestra.org, or facebook.com/kishorchestra, or call 815.756.3728. Changes in programs, dates, times and locations of concerts will be posted on the KSO website and Facebook page.

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Click on this photograph to watch the first concert of our 2021-2022 season, “Belated Happy Birthday, Beethoven!,” performed on October 9, 2021:


In 2022, the KSO was again the winner in the Best Live Entertainment category in the Daily Chronicle’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards for DeKalb County.

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