Three students from Sycamore High School and nine from Sycamore Middle School have been selected to participate in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Central/North Central Division Honors Choir at their biennial conference in February. ACDA is a nonprofit music-education organization whose goals outline the association’s dedication to the advancement of choral music. The association members are strong advocates for music in the schools and provide honors and enrichment opportunities, like this festival choir, for students.

After learning required music and sending a recorded audition to ACDA, these 12 students were selected from hundreds of submissions that came from students in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. In February, these Sycamore choir members will spend three days in Chicago and rehearse with renowned choral conductors in preparation for a concert at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park. These highly selective choirs are not only led by notable directors, but are often used to premiere works by leading composers in choral music.

Selection for this opportunity is quite an honor, and we are proud of their admirable accomplishment!

ACDA Honors Choir 2018- Middle School


Congratulations to Sycamore High School students pictured above: Rachael Johnson, Alexander Smith, Vani Subramony!

ACDA Honors Choir 2018- Middle School


Congratulations to Sycamore Middle School students pictured above: Kaitlyn Bowman, Cassandra Chamoun, Gabriella Juday, Samuel McDonald, Ryan Russo, Halle Schmit, Kameron Schroeder, Madelyn Sedevie, and Olivia Torian!


The Sycamore Music Boosters are pleased to help support these students by providing partial funding for this experience. The Sycamore Music Boosters support all students in grades K-12 in various music programs offered within the district. We are proud of these students!


Thirty-eight high school and fifty-one middle school students from the Sycamore School District were recently selected to participate in the 2017 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 11 at Augustana College in Rock Island, and the All-District Jazz festival was also held on November 11 at Rochelle Township High School.  The All-District Band and Choir festivals will be held on Saturday, November 18 at DeKalb High School. Concert performances will be in the Gym with performance times for the Senior Band/Chorus at 7pm and Junior Mixed Chorus at 4pm.

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


Soprano – Kaitlyn Jacobson, Rachael Johnson, Dana Nielsen, Ashley Parks; Alto – Cossette Breidenbach, Jen Diemer, Kaylie Emmer, Tenor – Alex Smith; Bass – Kjelden Breidenbach.

HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR (freshmen participating in junior festival):

Soprano – Melissa Lerohl, Vani Subramony; Baritone – Jeremy Peterson.


Violin – Ben Briscoe, Grace Gruner, Julia Luo, Madeline McCormick, Rebekah Nielsen, Joon Park, Erin Templin; Viola – Kelsey Mulligan, Charlotte Salis; Cello – Kjelden Breidenbach, Grace Frielink, Courtney Mulligan, Tsavo Walker; Bass – William Kane.


Oboe – Matthew Rogers; French Horn – Kimberly Hohlfeld; Trumpet – Ebad Rana.



Flute – Payton Coldren; Oboe – Tommy Kloosterman; Clarinet – Lorin Kmieciak; Alto Saxophone – Ryan Loitz; Baritone Sax – Jakob Kelly; Trombone – Karl Peterson; Euphonium – Madeline Kessler.


Baritone Sax – Jakob Kelly; Trombone – Karl Peterson.

Students from Sycamore Middle School who have been selected for the ILMEA district festivals include:


Oboe – Jake Rundle; Bassoon – Ryan Blanken; Clarinet – Alex Grados, Chloe Harbecke, Adam Zeller, Miranda Zhang; Baritone Sax – Trevor Blanken;  Trumpet – Noah Ament, Tryggve Vilaseca; French Horn – Aidan Dempsey, Sabrina Ezell; Trombone – Sam Crutcher, Colin Wunner; Tuba – Vinny Brito.


Trumpet – Conrad Drufke; Trombone – Hendrix Kruis, Colin Wunner.


Sopranos – Ava Bickner, Kaitlyn Bowman, Cassandra Chamoun, Kaleigh Ibarra, Charlotte Sharp, Jill Thomas; Altos – Olivia Byrd, Ryan Russo, Olivia Torian; Baritone – Sam McDonald, Kameron Schroeder.


Violin – Maxim Breidenbach, Sofi Briscoe, Emma Fredericks, Katrina Ingalls, Stephanie Kim, McKenna Nonnenmann, Eva Peterson, Sarah Siddiqui, Ritta Wi; Viola – Jules Breidenbach, Emily Bychowski, Rebeca DasNeves, Elizabeth Kleckner, Alaina Olson, Tryggve Vilaseca; Cello – Ethan Bode, Avery DeRuyter, Ella Follman, Austin Gerdes, Natalia Hulseberg, Luke Templin; Bass – Daniel Bos, Isaac Ward.


Thank You For Another Successful Craft Fair Event!

Thank You Music NotesThe 45th 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 our partner and sponsor Heartland Bank, the Craft Fair vendors, the Southeast, North, West, and North Grove Choir members, Sycamore School District Administration, Athletics, and Custodial Staff, the Suter Company, Casey’s General Store, Farm & Fleet, Family Sports Center, Shawn’s Deli, Elleson’s Bakery, Country Store and Catering, Eggleston’s, Sigma Alpha Iota Music Sorority, Kappa Kappy Psi Band Fraternity,  Sycamore Park District and Golf Course, Ann & Jim Tucker, Jovanovich family, Jill Tikkun, Leslie Hecht, and Zabrina Burford.  We extend our sincere gratitude to everyone that assisted in making this another successful fundraiser during the Pumpkin Festival weekend!

With much appreciation,

Autumn Craft and Treasures Market Committee: Cathie Lohse, Kristine Ohman, Debbie Baugus, Jeff Hecht, Deb Loitz, Lisa Smith, Clare Dempsey, and John McBride

Sycamore Middle School Music Students Selected for State-Wide Honor Choir

Nine Sycamore Middle School 6th grade choir students have been selected to participate in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Illinois State Honor Choir at their Fall Convention in October. ACDA is a nonprofit music-education organization whose goals outline the association’s dedication to the advancement of choral music. The association members are strong advocates for music in the schools and provide honors and enrichment opportunities, like this festival choir, for students.

On October 28, the invited Sycamore students will attend the convention at the College of DuPage and join other students from across the state in rehearsals with noted choral conductor, Emily Ellsworth, before performing a concert that afternoon. Congratulations to HatieJane Alexander, Sofia DasNeves, Lilly Faulhaber, Aurora Hilligoss, Liliana Jennings, Gabriel Jovanovich, Layla Musich, Kyla Prather, and Laynee Sosin! Everyone is proud of their accomplishments and representation of Sycamore Middle School and Sycamore Community School District #427.

SMS Choir Students Participating at ACDA 2017

Music Boosters Award Annual Scholarships

Sycamore Music Boosters is pleased to announce the recipients the 2017 Summer Music Camp Scholarship and Senior Music Scholarships.

The Sycamore Music Boosters Summer Music Camp Scholarship is awarded to various Sycamore students currently enrolled in the music program that are attending a selected music camp over the summer.  The following recipients of the Summer Music Camp Scholarship from the Sycamore Middle School include: Band: Carissa Boss, Vincent Brito, Peyton Buys, Samuel Crutcher, Aidan Dempsey, Mitch Edwards, Kellie Hohlfield, Ava Knapp, Jaxon Lang, Allison Troy, Nathan Troy, and Adam Zeller. Choir: Joseph Bowman, Madelyn Lathrop, Maxine Lathrop, Gracie Pincombe, Halle Schmidt, and Vani Subramony. Orchestra: Daniel Bos, Emily Bychowski, Rebecca DasNeves, Samantha Franklin, Natalie Hulseberg, Emily Prebil, Erin Templin, Luke Templin, Camryn Whitaker, and Ritta Wi.

The following recipients of the Summer Music Camp Scholarships from the Sycamore High School include: Will Biletzky, Robert Carpenter, Bradley Harris, Brett Harris, Jacob Jovanovich, Morgyn Nelson, Matthew Rogers, and Chloe Hardy.

The Sycamore Music Boosters Senior Music Scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors who are majoring in music in college.  This year, 2 seniors, Trevor McDonald and Gracia Watson were recognized and awarded $750 each to assist with college tuition. Vocalist and Choir member Trevor McDonald will be attending Carthage College pursuing a double major in Biology and Vocal Performance. Gracia Watson is the recipient of the Lundbeck Family Scholarship, part of the Senior Music Scholarship. A saxophone player and pianist, she will be attending the University of Denver with a double major in International Relations and Music Performance and a Japanese minor.

The Bette J. Lundbeck Scholarship was awarded to Madeline Kessler, and the John O. Weaver scholarship was awarded to Katherine Banasiak.

The Continuing College Music Scholarship is designed to assist Sycamore High School graduates in continuing their music education in college. This year’s recipient is Sarah Grant, a Butler University senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.

Congratulations to all of these students that were awarded these scholarships!

Student Noelle Sharp Makes Donation to Music Boosters

Foregoing the traditional birthday party, Sycamore student Noelle Sharp recently hosted a Donation Party and requested her guests contribute a donation to her choice of a non-profit organization instead of a traditional gift. “I feel very fortunate in my life, and always want to do something meaningful to celebrate my birthday. I want to do my part in supporting others in our community; I love music and want to help all the kids in my school district have the opportunity to enjoy music as a part of their lives, so I chose to support the Sycamore Music Boosters again this year” explains Noelle.

Noelle is a 6th grade student at Sycamore Middle School as well as a growing musician playing Violin in Orchestra and Clarinet in Band. This is the second year in a row Noelle has chosen the Sycamore Music Boosters to receive her birthday donation. As she presented her donation to Music Boosters President Lisa Smith, Noelle commented she hoped her donation would help support the young students in the Music Program, but especially to help bring back the Elementary School Spring Sings. Noelle adds, “Many of my friends and family, including myself, missed performing and attending the Spring Sing this past year. I know the community would like to see these fun concerts return in the future, so I hope this donation will help with that.”

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Lisa Smith, President of the Music Boosters comments, “We are honored to be selected as the recipient of Noelle’s birthday donation again this year! She is a very thoughtful and giving young lady, and such an inspiration! We love the idea of giving back while you celebrate; fostering a culture of gratitude and compassion gives this a much sweeter meaning and we are thankful to receive her gift!”

The Sycamore Music Department and the Sycamore Music Boosters, a non-profit volunteer organization that supports all students in grades K-12, encourages others to consider making a donation and support these music programs.  Future opportunities for additional donors are always welcome! Contributions in any amount may be given by individuals, families, local businesses, and even corporations.

SMS Students Attend IYSM Summer Camp

Four Sycamore Middle School students attended Illinois Summer Youth Music (IYSM) this past week. Mitch Edwards, Sam Crutcher, and Jaxon Lang were in Concert Band; Aidan Dempsey was in Symphonic Band.

Jackson Lang-ISYM Award July 2017



Jaxon Lang (pictured here) won an Achievement Award and a full scholarship for next year’s ISYM for hard work despite switching from trombone to tuba in the last few months of the school year. Jaxon played tuba at this camp.



These students, and many others, were able to experience various summer camps due to the Sycamore Music Boosters Summer Camp Scholarship program. Music Boosters work diligently all year long to provide wonderful experiences such as these for our students!