YNS & Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Duain Wolfe, conductor of the Chicago Symphony Chorus
YNS enjoyed the unique experience of singing with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in December 2018. The director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, came to Naperville ahead of the concert series to help Mrs. Johnson prepare Bella Cantare and Bella Voce for the concerts. Duain Wolfe said the following about YNS:
“The Young Naperville Singers proved to be a delight in every respect when they performed on our annual holiday concerts, Merry, Merry Chicago, this past December. They were extremely well prepared by their excellent and musically astute director, Angie Johnson, so they were sufficiently flexible to adapt to the myriad new challenges they faced when they arrived at Orchestra Hall to work with the members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and our guest conductor.
As Chorus Director for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, I went to Naperville and worked with the students before they came downtown to work with the orchestra. It was an absolute pleasure. They were attentive, respectful, and they concentrated on making the adjustments I was asking for. Furthermore, their singing was beautiful — a full-bodied tone that rang with the intensity that is needed for singing with an orchestra.
I am very impressed and I look forward to our next opportunity to engage them for performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.”
“What a fortunate find YNS has been to our family! YNS has been something that every one of our kids (seven so far) has wanted to be a part of. It has filled their desire to be part of something larger than themselves, and to become very skilled at something beautiful! It has become an essential and integral part of their education. Having the music theory, solfege, sight-reading and performance opportunities have been a perfect fit for our family.”
— John, parent of seven YNS singers past and present
— Peyton Raleigh, age 17
Rarely does one encounter an experience as engaging and musically rewarding as YNS. It is an amazing feeling to know that you are in a community that shares your passion for music.”
— Caitlin, age 17
— A. George Pradel, Mayor of Naperville, 1995-2015
— The Chicago Tribune
— Jay Kellner, Choral Director, Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, IL
— Bob Chilcott, Choral Composer, Conductor and Singer
— Dr. Ramona M. Wis, Mimi Rolland Distinguished Professor in the Fine Arts, Chair and Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, North Central College, Naperville, IL
— Eric A. Johnson D.M.A., President and Founding Artistic Director, Cor Cantiamo, Director of Choral Activities, Northern Illinois University, Past-President, IL-ACDA
— Carling Fitzsimmons, Artistic Director of La Caccina
— Duain Wolfe, Chorus Director, and Conductor, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
— Andrea Ramsey
— Amanda and Tim Barger
— Luke and Annie Murray, Aria parents, June 2019
— JoLynn Mitchell, Ragazzi Mom, June 2019
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