12th Annual Concerto Competition

The Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest’s Concerto Competition is open to all instrumental musicians who have yet to complete their senior year of high school and whose primary residence is within 10 miles of Oak Park.

Applications are available by contacting

The winner receives $500 and performs with us at our Sunday, January 17, 2016 Outreach Concert at Ridgewood High School.

Rachel Barton
'Barton featured in Youth Concert' This article from the January 29, 1986, WEDNESDAY JOURNAL featuring an 11 year- old Rachel Barton when she played the last movementof the MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto with us at our 1986 Family Concert.

Fund Drive!

We need your help!  Ticket sales cover less than half the cost of your Symphony's perfromances.  To keep our ticket prices low and to allow students through college free admission, we need your help!

Make your tax-deductible donation on our website via PalPal or mail your check to S/OP&RF
P.O. Box 3564, Oak Park, IL 60303-3564

We are counting on you to help secure the future of your Symphony!

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Read about a young man who won our concerto competition twice – first on the violin in 2006 and then on the piano in 2008!  

Ben Mildenhall

Oak Park native, OPRFHS alum awarded $250K Hertz Fellowship
BEN MILDENHALL shares the distinction with two Nobel laureates and a National Science Medal recipient

"Today, having earned a bachelor's degree at Stanford University, Mildenhall is still slaying the competition. His latest achievement/ A Hertz Foundation Award - a five-year fellowship that offers mentoring and community support, a stipend and full tuition valued at more than $250,000. It's only given to about a dozen high-achieving scholars each year who are working in the fields of applied physical, biological and engineering sciences."

Michael Roman, WEDNESDAY JOURNAL Staff Writer, 4/24/15


Celebrate the Seasons

             Jay Friedman, Music Director

Symphony Center Performance

Come to our Performance of Mahler's Second Symphony at Symphony Center in Chicago

Choral Singers Join us in the performance of Mahler's Second Symphony

The mission of the SYMPHONY of Oak Park & River Forest is three-fold:  

  • To provide the opportunity for orchestral and vocal musicians to perform symphonic works together at the highest possible level of artistry;
  • To provide the opportunity for all of the members of our diverse local community to experience symphonic music in live performances of high quality; and
  • To foster the appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of symphonic music by present and future generations.

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All performances are held at the Dominican University Performing Arts Center. Lund Auditorium is located at 7900 West Division Street in River Forest. Each concert begins at 4:00 pm, with pre-concert conversations with David Leehey at 3:00 pm and seating at 3:30. Tickets can be purchased from Dominican University online, by calling 708-488-5000, or at the door.