Jim has facilitated ESO’s “Musically Speaking” pre-concert conversations since February, 2008. A professional composer with over 200 works to his credit, his Wheaton Sinfonia was premiered by members of the Houston Symphony. Jim is also the pre-concert lecturer for the Lake Forest Symphony and the Northbrook Symphony and is a frequent guest lecturer for Music of the Baroque.
As personnel manager of the ESO, Wendy manages the musicians, hire substitutes, run auditions, and submits payroll. As the Education and Community Outreach Manager of the ESO, Wendy has increased the attendance of ESO’s youth concert series, started the “Listeners Club” for adults to study concert repertoire in depth before each of the Classics Series concerts, and manages the Musicians Care program at Sherman Hospital.