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FullScore Chamber Orchestra

About Us

History - FullScore was founded by its charter members in 2003 for the purposes of continuing to partner together musically and share the gift of creative live music wherever it could. Each of the first summers, the ensemble gave free concerts in the Zion band shell for family audiences numbering in the thousands. In those first two summers musicians played for free. Presently the ongoing desire of FullScore's governing council is to gain underwriting for the purposes of keeping the artistic level high, acquiring a music library, building awareness, and supporting the educational values of its mission. The season now includes 2 outdoor pops concerts with fireworks, county wide educational concerts, a December holiday event, Winter Classics, and a jazz/classical celebration concert.

Membership - FullScore has a unique and diverse membership. Nearly all the artists in its core both play an instrument professionally and sing. Members are from all over Lake County Illinois - including Chicago - and some from southern Wisconsin as well. Ron Arden is the founding Artistic Director and conductor. Some of the members teach school while others perform fulltime. All the full time members of the ensemble help with some non-playing aspect of the group and most teach private lessons. Unlike other professional orchestras, FullScore regularly invites advanced students and community players to participate. This partnering adds a unique and exciting dynamic that has become the educational back bone of the orchestra.

Operations - FullScore has a strong relationship with the Zion Park District, Zion Benton High School, Zion District 6, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America to provide enriching musical events for Zion and surrounding communities. These partnerships help FullScore influence children and adults both culturally and educationally. It also enhances the stature of musicians in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconson and serves as a haven for such artists to thrive - and survive!

Equipment and rehearsal space are generously provided by Zion Benton Township High School, Grace Missionary Church in Zion, and St. Paul the Apostle Church in Gurnee.

Budget - FullScore raises its own funds, with the aid of its Artistic Advisory Board, for meeting costs of musicians, library, promotion, and administration. Businesses and private donors are sought out regularly and asked to support this important adventure in music making. The arts in Zion and surrounding communities depend on this partnership and the future of Full Score is no exception.

Artistic endeavors - Since its first summer, FullScore has launched three major annual events - Kids Koncerts, The Light Has Come Christmas event, and the Mark Rymer Celebration Concert. Families are encouraged to bring their children and picnics for a fun relaxing evening of great music under the evening sky at the outdoor concerts. District 6 in Zion spearheads the Kids Koncerts and yearly, over 1,000 children are in attendance. The Christmas concert, often including a Messiah Sing Along, keeps alive an age-old tradition that circles the globe promoting Handel's great oratorio. All concerts usually include an informative narration by Artistic Director, Ron Arden. The rare addition of jazz, rock, diverse ethnic, and pops genres to an already gifted classical ensemble is the creative emerging future of FullScore Chamber Orchestra.

FullScore has been written up in the Lake County Herald as one of the north shore's most dynamic and invigorating musical ensembles. In addition to its regular season, FullScore has served as accompaniment for headline artists at the Genesee Theater in Waukegan and provided entertainment for Cancer Treatment Centers of America and North Point Marina in Winthrop Harbor. The orchestra in total and/or parts of it are available for professional musical services.


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