Evening Orchestras

June 26, 2018 - July 21, 2018


Midwest Young Artists Conservatory offers Evening Orchestras as a fun, high quality orchestral experience with fellow young musicians throughout the Chicago area. It's a great way for students to keep up their musical studies throughout the summer, and it's perfect for students who are too busy during the day for a full-time summer music camp; you can work or go to summer school and still learn great repertoire and prepare to perform!

MYA Conservatory's Evening Orchestras meet at the historic MYA Conservatory Center in Fort Sheridan at 878 Lyster Road, Highwood, IL.

The Sinfonietta is a strings only ensemble that rehearses under the direction of Robert Bassill. Sinfonietta is for string students in grades 6-8, and for more advanced 4th and 5th grade string students. 4th and 5th grade violin and viola students should be in Suzuki book 4 and above (or the equivalent); 4th and 5th grade cellists should be in Suzuki book 3 and above (or the equivalent).

The Festival Orchestra (grades 9+) works on standard full orchestra repertoire under the direction of Dr. Allan Dennis. The four weeks of rehearsal culminate in Final Concert on the lawn of the MYAC Center.

Click here to download a PDF brochure for the Evening Orchestras!


Evening Orchestras meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the MYA Conservatory Center.

Sinfonietta: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Festival Orchestra: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Important 2018 Dates

Saturday, July 21, 1:00 p.m., Front Lawn, MYA Conservatory Center in Fort Sheridan (weather permitting, indoors if not): Final Concert


Dr. Allan Dennis, Director, Festival Orchestra

Dr. Allan Dennis brings a rich heritage of experience and energy to the Midwest Young Artists Programs, with decades of experience motivating, rehearsing and teaching young people. He is currently the Music Director of the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Dennis has been recognized as the 2001 Music Director of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, as well as awarded the 2001 Heidi Castleman Award by Chamber Music America. This award is given to one recipient from the United States in recognition for “excellence in chamber music teaching.” He has studied at the internationally renowned Tanglewood Institute in Lennox (MA) in 2000 and in 1996, and was also chosen as both an Active Conductor at the Festival at Sandpoint (ID), and a Fellow at the Conductors’ Institute in South Carolina. Dr. Dennis also has extensive experience conducting musical shows, operas and ballets, and is highly sought after as a guest conductor for festivals and all-state orchestras. His conducting teachers have included Gunther Schuller, Harold Farbermann, and David Effron. Dr. Dennis received his doctorate, with distinction, from Indiana University in Bloomington, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York at Fredonia. He has studied at the Eastman School of Music and received a Performer’s Certificate from the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Music in Antwerp, Belgium.

Robert Bassill, Director, Sinfonietta

Robert Bassill is the Director of the MYA Chamber Music Program, the Chicago Chamber Music Workshop and Sinfonietta (Summer Evening Orchestra). Mr. Bassill is active as a teacher and freelance musician around the Chicago area. He is in his tenth year as Director of Orchestra and Music Theory programs at Lake Forest High School. During his tenure at Lake Forest High School, Mr. Bassill has toured with his orchestra on three European tours, and his orchestras have accompanied soloists such as Chicago Symphony Orchestra members Tage Larsen and Patrick Godon. Mr. Bassill received his undergraduate degree in Violin Performance under Mark Zinger at DePaul University, and he holds a Master of Arts in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University. Mr. Bassill currently serves on the Board of Directors for International Chamber Artists.


MYA Conservatory’s Evening Orchestras are geared toward serious music students who want to continue their ensemble experience during the summer, but are too busy during the day to participate in a full-time music festival.

MYAC Alumni (graduated High School Seniors and beyond) are strongly encouraged to enroll in MYA Conservatory’s Evening Orchestras—free of charge!


Evening Orchestras, Student: $250

Evening Orchestras, MYA Alum: $0

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. We ask that the Financial Aid Application be received at the same time as the Secure Online Application.

Tuition is due in full by May 31, 2018. Tuition payments can be made here.

All summer deposits are non-refundable. Tuition payments are non-refundable unless a detailed medical Doctor’s note is submitted at least two weeks before the beginning of the workshop or camp; absolutely no refunds are issued after two weeks before the beginning of the camp.


Students wishing to attend Evening Orchestras must:

No audition is required.


If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Greg Diethrich at (847) 926-9898 or greg@mya.org

We hope to see you at the 2018 Evening Orchestras!