The Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra recently bestowed its inaugural Legends Award to the Elgin Community College to recognize the decades-long partnership between the organizations. The EYSO Legends Award recognizes an organization's exceptional contribution and commitment to advancing EYSO's goals and mission.

“When we created this award, ECC was top of mind because of the longevity of support and your strategic partnership over the years,” said EYSO Artistic Director Matthew Sheppard. “Simply put, EYSO would not be possible without ECC; this partnership makes it possible for our students to study and perform music at the highest level."

As an in-residence ensemble at ECC, the college provides space and resources to over 400 students participating in EYSO annually. EYSO is one of five community in-residence ensembles at ECC, which are non-profit community arts groups that offer credit and non-credit courses in partnership with the college.

“We are honored to be recognized by the EYSO with this award,” said Cindy Gaspardo, manager of performing arts at ECC. “We have been partners with this organization since 1976 and are proud to help provide well-rounded, community-centered arts programming.”  

To learn more about the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, visit eyso.org. For more about all the in-residence ensembles at Elgin Community College, visit eccartscenter.org/about/ire.


About Elgin Community College

An Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction and one of the Aspen Institute’s Top 25 schools in the nation,  Elgin Community College (ECC) is a comprehensive, fully accredited public community college and serves approximately 16,000 students each year. Programs of study include more than 30 major fields for university transfer, a full complement of pre-collegiate courses, corporate and continuing education, and more than 130 career-oriented occupational degrees and certificates. ECC is also a U.S. Department of Education-designated Hispanic Serving Institution.


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