Fifty high school and forty-four middle school students from the Sycamore School District were recently selected to participate in the 2015 Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) All-District Orchestras, Bands, Jazz Bands, and Choirs. Students who made All-District groups performed audition material for judges in competitive auditions in October.  The students who were selected spend one day in rehearsal, and the groups perform later the same day.  The All-District Orchestra Festival was held on Saturday, November 14, at Augustana College in Rock Island, and the All-District Jazz Festival was also held on November 14 at Rochelle Township High School.  The All-District Band and Choir Festivals will be held on Saturday, November 21 at DeKalb High School.

Students from Sycamore High School who have been selected for the ILMEA All-District festivals include:


Soprano –Lauren Brazeau, Mary Flaherty, Elizabeth Fritz, Alice Mesjak, Dana Nielsen, Claire Schroeder, Ambyr Siebens; Alto –Sophia Andaloussi, Kaylie Emmer, Emily Keiner, Sarah Houdek, Jessica Luo, Anna McComb, Kara Strohm; Tenor – Alex Smith, John Lerohl, Trevor McDonald; Bass –Andrew Potts.

HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR (freshmen participating in junior festival):

Soprano – Katherine Banasiak, Cossette Breidenbach; Alto – Sophie McComb; Baritone – Sean McMillion.


Violin – Ellie Bowers-Chen, Ben Briscoe, Jessica Luo, Julia Luo, Madeline McCormick; Viola – Kailey Mulligan, Ryan Piloni; Cello – Kjelden Breidenbach, Grace Frielink, Tsavo Walker; Bass – Brett Brancato, Evan Jacobs, Nolan Polly.


Clarinet – Alex Cuthbert; Oboe –Emma Olson, Matthew Rogers; Bassoon – Rachel Hecht; French Horn – Andrew Selig; Trumpet – Ben Van Wienen; Trombone – Ella Rose Atkins.


Flute – Megan Graham, Mackenzie Taylor; Oboe – Mary McConnaughay; Bassoon – Rachel Hecht; Clarinet – Alex Cuthbert; Alto Saxophone – Ryan Loitz; Baritone Sax – Jakob Kelly; Trumpet – Olivia Lohse; French Horn – Bret Reser.


Trumpet—Olivia Lohse.

Students from Sycamore Middle School who have been selected for IMEA include:


Flute – Olivia Cloat; Clarinet – Nupur Brahmbhatt, Gloria Elliott, Lorin Kmieciak, Danzig Lenker; Trumpet – Max Baird, Bradley Harris, James Taylor, Max Wray; French Horn – Kim Hohlfeld; Trombone –Brett Harris, Karl Peterson; Euphonium – Blake Ross; Tuba – Derek Lawrence; Percussion – Robert Carpenter.


Baritone Saxophone – Ashley Montano; Trumpet – Max Wray, Trombone – Karl Peterson; Guitar – Jeremy Peterson; Bass – Annabelle Atkins.


Sopranos – Breanna Skaar, Melissa Lerohl, Vani Subramony, Caroline Menzer; Altos – Hannah Frielink, Chloe Hardy, Frances Helton, Caitlyn Horton, Jamisan Matalonis, Corinn Schusteff; Baritone – Michael Story.


Violin – Chloe Hardy, Rebekah Nielsen, Joon Park, Nathan Stringer, Erin Templin; Viola – Mara Harris, Kelsey Mulligan, Charlotte Salis, Lili Walker; Cello – Gwynneth Boynton, Olivia Dunbar; Bass – Eli Briscoe, Griffin Polly.

Music Booster Spirit Wear!

sprit wearWe are pleased to announce the Sycamore Music Boosters is now offering spirit wear! Items include t-shirts, hoodie sweatshirts, and vinyl car decals! Just in time for the holidays!

Congratulations to Middle Schooler, Myranda Wells, winner of our design contest!

Order forms have been distributed in all schools. You may also download the order form on our website or Facebook page. Orders must be turned in to your music teacher by Friday, November 20. Estimated delivery is the week of December 14.

All proceeds go to the Sycamore Music Boosters to help support the music programs from K – 12.

Questions? Contact us via E-mail at:

Click below for the spirit wear order form!

Order Form-Spirit Wear 2015

Many Thanks!

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The 43rd annual Sycamore Music Boosters Autumn Craft and Treasures Market held during the recent Pumpkin Festival weekend at the Sycamore High School Field House was a tremendous success!   It is with deep gratitude that we thank all of our Music Booster families – each parent, student, family member, friend, teacher and staff member that volunteered at the Craft Fair fundraiser! Whether you baked pies, worked a shift, sent a donation, attended the craft fair, or helped in any other way, you helped support our mission: “Enriching the quality of music education, performance and awareness in the Sycamore schools and community.” Our appreciation is also extended to the Craft Fair vendors, Sycamore School District Administration, Athletics, and Custodial Staff; the Suter Company, Italian Dream
s, Country Store and Catering, Marianne Vogel, the Lori and Scott Grant family, and the Sycamore Park District and Golf Course.  We extend our sincere gratitude to everyone that assisted in making this another successful fundraiser during the Pumpkin FestivalPhone Pictures #2 2015 189 weekend!

With much appreciation,

Autumn Craft and Treasures Market Committee: Cathie Lohse, Amy Cuthbert, Ken Olson, Peggy Diemer, Brian Jungmann, Deb Loitz, Kathy Reuter, Bob Atkins, Lisa Smith


Weber Instrument Donation 2015

The Sycamore High School Music Department recently received a generous donation of an Alto Saxophone and Trumpet from Deb Weber and George Ohlin. Chicagoan Deb Weber, a long-time friend of Band parents Marcia and Paul Watson, were looking for a good home for these instruments. Deb explains, “Our children played these instruments when they were in high school but are no longer playing them. When I mentioned this to Marcia, she suggested donating them to the Sycamore Music Department.”

Weber and Ohlin also donated a mountain dulcimer for last year’s A Note to Remember fundraising event hosted by the Sycamore Music Boosters. “We are happy to donate these instruments so they can be used by current music students and are glad to help support the music programs at Sycamore High School” comments Deb Weber.

Pumpkinfest Volunteers Needed

pumkinfestlogoA warm welcome to all music booster parents, returning and new! Pumpkinfest weekend

is approaching quickly: Sat. & Sun. October 24th and 25th. The high school field house will once again be the scene for our biggest fundraiser, and we are fortunate to have this annual opportunity. As music student parents we count on you and greatly appreciate your efforts in helping us raise money for enriching our children’s lives through music education. The craft fair raises the majority of the funds the Music Boosters use to subsidize instrument purchases, field trips and provide summer camp scholarships to all interested students, just to name a few examples.

******* We request that parents choose from the following options: (1) Work a shift & contribute monetarily, (2) Work a shift & send in 2 pies, (3) Send in 2 pies & a monetary contribution. Boosters suggest $15 for one music student or $25 if you have 2 or more students in music programs. This year we are trying something new for shift sign-up. This should make the process easier for parents who would like to sign up and work the same shift as their student. Use these links to access student sign-up.

Use to access adult volunteer sign-up.

sign-up. Information at the site (SignUp Genius) will guide you through the options and the process. We are not taking phone call requests for shifts and students. Everyone who signs up to work a shift that weekend will receive a coupon for free

craft fair admission and a meal, when they sign in to work their shift. We will be sending a follow up Email in the week before Pumpkinfest to help fill any open shifts & assure that the event is well-staffed for a smooth operation. Your generosity during this busy weekend is key to keeping the Sycamore Music Department a strong force in educating our children in this most valuable way. We really appreciate your contribution and also your support of your music student throughout the

WHOLE school year!

Thank you for your prompt consideration. We are looking forward to seeing

all of you that weekend! Questions? Contact Kathy Reuter at (815)761-4576 or

Click below for a downloadable parent letter and volunteer form

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Sycamore Music Boosters Music Hall of Fame Deadline Oct. 1

The Sycamore Music Boosters is now accepting applications for their annual “Sycamore High School Music Hall of Fame”.  This ongoing awards program will honor and recognize a variety of Sycamore High School alumni and music advocates who have demonstrated superior participation and/or support of the Sycamore music programs.  The Music Hall of Fame includes four award categories, each of which will recognize different ways in which SHS alums and members of our community have contributed to the ongoing standards of excellence in our music programs.

The Ovation Award will be given to a SHS graduate who demonstrated superior performance and participation in music throughout his/her high school experience.

The Legacy Award will be awarded to a SHS graduate who demonstrated superior performance and participation in music throughout his/her high school experience, and, who has continued to demonstrate superior involvement in music through continued education, professional, and volunteer involvement in music.

The Advocate Award recipient will be an individual who has outstanding qualities as an advocate for the music programs in the Sycamore School District.

The Distinguished Alumni Award will be awarded to a SHS graduate who demonstrated superior participation in music throughout his/her high school experience.  Beyond high school, the individual must have a record of truly distinguished and exceptional performance/ service/ achievement in their vocation and/or avocation.

Nominations for any or all of these categories are now being collected and the submission deadline is October 1, 2015. More information, nomination forms, and instructions may be found on our Web site at:  If there are further questions, please contact Music Hall of Fame Committee Chair, Madelyn Anderson, via E-mail at