Young Performers Concerto Competition

The IVSO Young Performers Competition provides the opportunity for outstanding young instrumentalists, grades 6-12, to compete for performing with the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Auditions: January 04, 2020 at Ottawa Township High School.

The winners of both divisions will perform with the IVSO at the School Concerts on February 21, 2020 and at the March 8, 2020 Subscription Concert.



School Concerts

The IVSO annually presents two educational concerts for approximately two thousand 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.

Elementary schools receive a resource kit including information about the orchestra, conductor and soloists, and valuable information about the composer and the works to be performed. Music Teachers and/or classroom teachers are able to use this material to help prepare the students for the concert in order to optimize their musical experience with the orchestra.

2019 IVSO Young Performers Competition Winners


Senior Division winner Abigail Meyers is an avid violinist, 18 years old, and is home educated. She has been playing violin since January of 2010. Past instructors include Emily Sobacki, Aki Tanaka, and Constance Deal and is currently studying with Jane Hoffmire. Meyers has played with the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra and for six years with the Illinois Valley Youth Symphony, the past four years as Concertmaster under the direction of John Armstrong and Alex Wang. She also performs with the Youth Music Illinois Youth Symphony for the last two years and this year serves as assistant principle second violin under the direction of David Commanday.

Abigail has played for weddings, fundraisers, festivals, and other special occasions. She is active in the Trinity Lutheran Youth Choir and Trinity Lutheran Chimes Choir. She enjoys drawing, composing and listening to music, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She is the daughter of Paul and Jacqleene Meyers.

Junior Division winner Faustina Bystry is the daughter of Jeff and Rachel Bystry of Princeton. She was a violin student of Katie Roy and now studies under Ann Moutzka-Smelser at the Northern Illinois University Community School for the Arts. She has studied violin for six years and is currently a member of the NIU Symphonette under the direction of Linc Smelser. Ms. Bystry received the Spinoso Family Scholarship that enabled her to attend the American Suzuki Institute studying under the acclaimed teacher trainer Alice Joy Lewis. She has also studied in a master class with Dr. Scott Conklin from the University of Iowa and Kathy Rollins of Columbia, Missouri. Faustina has been a guest violinist at the Annual Women of Distinction dinner every year and frequently plays for churches, weddings, and other community events. She also enjoys softball, dance, voice, and sketching.