December Audition Date Available

This exeptional opportunity to audition for the McHenry County Youth Orchestras is now available.  Contact Cathy Ames to discuss the audition details and to schedule your audition time on December 6, 2014 beginning at 10:00 am.

For more details, see our auditions page.

Tickets are now available for the Prairie Ridge Concert – Nov 23

Tickets are now available for the Nov 23, 2014 performance at Prairie Ridge High School.  You can check available seating on our seating page, then contact Cathy about reserving and purchasing tickets.  You may contact Cathy at (815) 356-6296


Carson Community Days to benefit MCYO

Purchase a $5 coupon book for the Carson Pirie Scott Community Days event and the entire purchase amount goes to MCYO.  Then you get the great savings of up to $500 off your puchases on the days of the event.  See our fundraising page for more details.

MCYO helps save the Earth by recycling through TerraCycle!

Join MCYO and TerraCycle in helping to recycle common household items that are filling our landfills, but can be recycled easily through TerraCycle.  TerraCycle will donate funds to MCYO for

  • toner cartridges
  • ink cartridges
  • personal care product packaging
  • beauty care product packaging

For details on what is accepted and how to help, see our fundraising page.


IMZ YouTube Exerpts

The YouTube links are now posted for Intermezzo Orchestra.  Some of the pieces are both the original and arranged versions.

Find them on the YouTube page.

New Membership Handbook posted

The newest Membership Handbook for 2014-2015 has been posted.  It is located here and is password protected.  If you have not already been given a password, please contact Cathy.

2014 Marie Ann Vos Music Leadership Award winner: Ed Hall

The McHenry County Music Center’s 2014 Marie Ann Vos Music Leadership Award winner: Ed Hall 

Ed has been very active not only as a performer but also as a teacher and a producer of musical activities in McHenry County for over 40 years. His “Ed Hall’s Guitar Night” at the Woodstock Opera House has been a “sold out” event since 1995. Over 50 of the most accomplished guitarists from around the country have come to Woodstock to perform with Ed on stage. He recently won GigMasters “Best of 2012” for his guitar performances at numerous venues around the Midwest. He has produced over 200 shows at the Woodstock Opera House through his “William Tell Productions” company which has brought Arlo Guthrie, The Kingston Trio, Rita Coolidge and Don McLean (among others) to the area.

Ed is an accomplished guitarist and banjo player and has taught many students over the years. He also volunteers his time by sharing his musical talents for numerous fund raising events around McHenry County.

Ed Hall exemplifies what it means to be the 2014 MAV Leadership Award winner and MCMC is proud to have presented this award to Mr. Hall on MCYO’s Pops Concert on 23 February 2014.

Thank you, Ed Hall, for sharing your talents and passions with so many and keeping the music alive!!