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About the Orchestra

The Present

The "New " North Shore Chamber Orchestra is:
Something you can see,
Something you can hear,
Something that will reach your feelings, and
Something that will add richness to your life.

The "New " North Shore Chamber Orchestra is a group of talented, non-professional volunteer musicians who have joined together over the last 30 years for the joy of making music and the pleasure of belonging to a group with others of common interest. The North Shore Chamber Orchestra Society is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to perform music concerts and programs of music education for the public.

The Goals of the organization are:

  • · Expand audience size
  • · Increase resources - personnel and financial
  • · Attract high performance musicians
  • · Attract high level soloists
  • · Provide enriched programs for the community

Our orchestra is unique because:

  • · It offers good quality music at a low admission price.
  • · It has a new professional conductor, Maestro Anatol Lysenka, an arranger and orchestrator of music, who will provide consistency and continuity for orchestra development.
  • · It has an assistant conductor, Natallia Lysenka, who is trained in orchestra conducting.
  • · It is the only orchestra centrally located in Evanston at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, located at 1330 Ridge Avenue.
  • · Concerts are easily accessible by train, elevated, and car or by foot. It is walking distance from restaurants and shops.
  • · Concertgoers have free parking in a secure lighted area a few steps from the Church.
  • · Concerts are given in the Sanctuary, which has great acoustics.

The orchestra has two Award programs:

"A Distinguished Service in Music " award and "A Composer Competition " award. The orchestra was named "Community Volunteer Orchestra of the Year " by the Illinois Council of Orchestras in 2000. In 2002 the Illinois Council of Orchestras added luster to the orchestra by awarding Professor Treger, the founder of the orchestra, its first "Lifetime Achievement " award in recognition of his work with the orchestra.

The Past

The orchestra was founded in 1980, and began to rehearse at Nichols Middle School in Evanston. Its first concert was performed in Evanston´s old Public Library a year later. After a year the orchestra moved to Evanston Township High School, where it rehearsed and performed free public concerts.

In 1985 the orchestra moved to the campus of Northwestern University, where a "Model for Community-University Cooperation " was developed in association with the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music. This model - the first of its type in the nation - was designed to provide opportunities for learning and teaching to graduate student conductors and soloists (instrumental and vocal), coaches and composers. More than 80 student conductors and soloists, who were trained in this program, are now employed as conductors, musicians or teachers of music throughout the United States. Over the years our investment has been in people, i.e. students, orchestra members, and the community. Everyone who has been involved with the orchestra has been rewarded and enriched by their experience.

In 2010, the orchestra relocated to the Unitarian Church of Evanston in the center of the Evanston community. The orchestra has advanced from its beginning with no resources and minimal expense - from a Middle School to a High School, to a University, and now completely on its own.

If you would like to experience the excitement of an orchestra that is on a roll and on its way up, please contact us. We can provide opportunities to express your creativity in musical or administrative roles, while contributing to the culture of the community.

For further information contact us via email at

Anatol Lysenka

Anatol Lysenka, Principal Conductor

Dr. Nattalia Lysenka

Natallia Lysenka, Assistant Conductor