From the Resident Conductor’s Podium,

 I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to the website of the Northwest Festival Orchestra!

The Northwest Festival Orchestra begins its sixth full season with a genuine sense of accomplishment, coupled with energetic enthusiasm for the future.

Responding to the long-held need for a professional symphonic ensemble of quality in the Northwest Suburbs, the Northwest Festival Orchestra was founded in Spring 2006 to fulfill this need for the residents of our communities.

This symphonic ensemble is extraordinary and is dedicated to the young professional artist – instrumental, vocal, and soloistic – in the performance setting of our northwest suburban communities.  As such, the orchestra responds to a long perceived need for high level, professional caliber performances from the world of symphony, opera, and the American Musical Theatre – all performed locally and affordably.

Ticket prices for these concerts are entirely affordable in order to keep the concerts an alternative to the downtown experience and readily available to the public; however, only 35-40% of operating costs are met through ticket sales.

We encourage you to support this remarkable endeavor and donations from individuals, businesses, and corporations are constantly needed and urgently sought.



Mail your tax-deductible contribution to: 


Northwest Festival Orchestra
2025 South Arlington Heights Road -
Suite 106

Arlington Heights, IL  60005



Thank you!




Northwest Festival Orchestra at
Wilbur Wright College


A Straussian Gala

150th Birthday

Celebrating the Musical Life

of Richard Strauss!


Dr. Verne Schwager
Resident Conductor

Professor Isamail Mehmeti,
Associate Conductor

           Serenade for Wind
               Oboe Concerto

“Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks”

Excerpts from
Der Rosenkavalier”


Jennet Ingle, Solo Oboe ~ Angela De Venuto, Soprano 

Sarah Ponder, Mezzo-Soprano


Thursday, June 12, 2014  7:30PM

Events Building Theater

Wilbur Wright College

4300 N. Narragansett Ave (at Montrose)

Chicago, Illinois


Tickets: $20 adult / $15 senior / $10 student (with ID)

For Tickets and Information:  847-392-9003


For more information:

Northwest Festival Orchestra
2025 South Arlington Heights Road – Suite 106
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005
Tel: 847-392-9003
Fax: 847-392-5155