Elgin Symphony to Launch 2019 Holiday Concerts Featuring Soprano Katelyn Lee and the Elgin Master Chorale and the Midwest Dance Collective


Soprano Katelyn Lee will perform as soloist with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in their annual holiday concerts this winter (photo courtesy of the Elgin Symphony).

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) presents their annual holiday concerts, led by ESO Resident Conductor Stephen Squires, on Saturday, December 14 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 2:30 p.m. at the Hemmens Cultural Center. In addition to the award-winning ESO, the concerts feature Katelyn Lee, soprano, the Elgin Master Chorale, and the Midwest Dance Collective performing holiday favorites. From the traditional Ave Maria and Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons to family favorites such as “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “The 12 Days of Christmas,” this is a concert for the entire family to enjoy. The program also includes a sing-along and an appearance by a very special visitor from the North Pole.

​Celebrating their 70th anniversary season, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra has won Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year an unprecedented four times - in 1988, 1999, 2005 and 2016 - and works to create an enjoyable entertainment experience that goes beyond the magnificent music performed by some of the best musicians in the region.  

Also coming to the ESO this season is Magnificent Mozart Jan. 10 -12th, Abbey Road: The Beatles Jan. 24th & 25th, The Power of Fate: Verdi, Strauss & Wagner Feb. 8th & 9th, Mariachi! March 7th, Debussy & Brahms April 4th & 5th, and our 19/20 Season Finale: The Planets May 2nd & 3rd.

Stephen Squires is a musician with a career that blends his passions for conducting, teaching, and performing. He received his musical training at the Preparatory School of the Eastman School of Music and the Crane School of Music, in his home state of New York. Mr. Squires earned his Master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting/Trumpet Performance at California State University, Northridge. Further conducting studies were with Helmuth Rilling, Maurice Abravanel, Daniel Lewis, Tsung Yeh, and at the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Squires is Professor of Conducting in the Music Conservatory of the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University. His current professional appointments include Resident Conductor of the Elgin (IL) Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra (Rockford, IL), Music Director of the Millar Brass (Evanston, IL), and Music Director of the Illinois Brass Band (Arlington Heights, IL). In addition, he is an accomplished recital accompanist, freelance trumpeter, and frequent guest conductor at educational festivals throughout the country.

American soprano Katelyn Lee is making her mark in Chicago and across the United States.

​​Katelyn is a frequent performer at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has understudied roles in several Lyric productions, including Doris Parker in Charlie Parker's Yardbird and the Female Narrator in Jason and the Argonauts. She was also featured in Lyric’s My Fair Lady.  Katelyn has performed a variety of opera and musical theater roles including Romilda in Serse, Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Antonia in Man of La Mancha, Mizzi in the American premiere of The Ball at the Savoy, Cunegonde in Candide, Madame Goldentrill in The Impresario, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with companies such as Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago Opera Theater, Cedar Rapids Opera, Springfield Regional Opera, and many others.

Additionally, Katelyn is an accomplished singer of concert repertoire. She has performed various works with Chicago Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Music of the Baroque, Northwest Indiana Symphony, and Grant Park Symphony. She recently performed Handel’s “Eternal Source of Light Divine” with Music of the Baroque under the baton of Jane Glover.