ICO Awards

Each year the ICO conducts an awards program to recognize orchestras, conductors, and volunteers that have demonstrated exceptional achievement.

History of ICO Awards 2017

ICO Awards Press Release 2017

Program Notes

Chicago Symphony Orchestra program notes are available for use by ICO member orchestras in their concert programs.

Town Hall Meetings

Each spring, the ICO sponsors a series of regional half-day meetings that focus on topics facing orchestra administrators.

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Staccato Notes

Stay connected to your peers and be the first to hear about the latest ICO programs and services through our e-newsletter, Staccato Notes. Editorials and special-interest articles keep you on the pulse of what’s happening across the statewide orchestral community. Staccato Notes also includes specific "management tips" applicable to orchestras of all sizes and types.

Personnel changes? Commissions? Tours? We welcome members to submit these and other items of interest for inclusion in Staccato Notes.

Practical, Member-Centric Programs

The Illinois Council of Orchestras’ goal is to help our members achieve both artistic and operational excellence. Each of our programs is designed, implemented, and evaluated by our board with the following objectives in mind:

  • alignment with our mission
  • overall quality
  • usefulness and real-world applicability
  • accessibility to orchestras both large and small, in several geographic areas, and with varying budget sizes

New in 2015

Gather all your award material in digital format! We streamlined and simplified the awards process by implementing an online application! Only current ICO members can qualify for and ICO award. Not sure if you are a current member? Make sure your organization is listed in the DIRECTORY