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 05, 2019.

The winners of both divisions will perform with the IVSO at the School Concerts on February 22, 2019 and at the March 10, 2019 Subscription Concert.


Click here to download the application for the 2019 Young Performers Competition


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


Jessica Znaniecki is the daughter of Linda and Neal Znaniecki of Oglesby and is a junior at LaSalle-Peru High School. She is a member of the L.P.H.S marching and symphonic bands under the direction of Kyle Adelmann and participates in the spring musicals, directed by Christine Adelmann and Deana Brown. For the past five years, Jessica has studied flute under the direction Sue Gillio. She is also a member of the Illinois Valley Flute Ensemble in which she plays the contrabass and sub contrabass flutes. She has been selected as a member of District #2 ILMEA for the past six years and in 2017 as a member of the Senior Orchestra. In January of 2017 and 2018, Jessica qualified to perform in the All-State Honors Band for the Illinois Music Education Conference held in Peoria, IL. She was the winner of the IVSO Young Performers Competition for Junior Division in 2015 and was Honorable Mention Senior Division in 2016 and 2017. She participated in the annual Summer Flute Retreat in Peru and performed in the master class of Gerald Carey, flute professor emeritus, Western Illinois University for the past four years. She has also performed on the baritone for the 2015 Tuba Christmas at IVCC. Jessica was selected as NCI ARTWorks SHINE honoree and performed at the SHINE Gala in May 2016. She is a member of the Chicago Flute Club and National Flute Association. In 2017 Jessica competed in the senior division competition at Harper College in Palatine and will be competing this year in the NFA High School Flute Choir competition and will attend the 46th Annual National Flute Association Convention to be held in August at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, FL.

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.