Founded in 1947, The Chicago City Wide Symphony Orchestra is an all-volunteer community orchestra
comprised of students and amateur, semi-professional and retired musicians of all ages from Chicago and the
surrounding metropolitan area. The orchestra performs concerts that are free and open to the public.
The orchestra encourages interested musicians to join us. There is no audition necessary.
You should be comfortable playing our classical and light classical repertoire and have your own
instrument (the orchestra maintains a limited number of string bass and percussion instruments for
use by players). Seating is at the discretion of the Music Director.
Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 3:00 PM
The Chicago City Wide Symphony Orchestra is proud to welcome Andrea Amdahl Taylor as guest soprano and
Mark A. Taylor as guest conductor for a performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4 "Das himmlische
Andrea Amdahl Taylor, soprano
Andrea Amdahl Taylor has sung with companies throughout Illinois and
Wisconsin, including Chicago Folks Operetta, Bowen Park Opera, Milwaukee Opera
Theatre, Chamber Opera Chicago, Intimate Opera, and Light Opera Works. Favorite
roles include Fiordiligi (Così fan Tutte), Miss Titmouse (Too Many Sopranos), Lucy
(The Telephone), Miss Silverpeal (The Impresario), Ann Putnam (The Crucible), Gretel
(Hansel and Gretel), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring),
and the Princess (L´Enfant et les Sortilèges). Ms. Taylor earned her MMus at Northwestern
University and her AB at Stanford University. She is a member of the Chicago
Symphony Chorus and the Grant Park Symphony Chorus and was an original member
of the Chicago Symphony Singers.
Mark A. Taylor, conductor
Mark A. Taylor is the Music Director and Conductor of the Milwaukee Festival Brass.
Mr. Taylor made his Wisconsin debut with the band in 2011 as a guest conductor, and is
now in his third full season as the ensemble's artistic leader. A conductor, educator, and
performer in demand throughout the Great Lakes region, Mr. Taylor served five years
as director of bands and coordinator of ensembles at Loyola University Chicago prior to
beginning his doctoral studies. He was also a member of the music education faculty for
the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
Mr. Taylor attended the University of Notre Dame, receiving BA degrees in music and
mathematics. While there, he performed as a percussionist in the Concert Band and
Chamber Orchestra; sang in the Liturgical Choir, Collegium Musicum, and Men’s Glee
Club; served as a cantor in Sacred Heart Basilica; led the Band of the Fighting Irish as
drum major; and studied conducting with Walter Ginter and Carl Stam.
After a period working in advertising in Chicago, Mr. Taylor pursued graduate studies at
Northwestern University. His master of music degrees in instrumental music education
and wind conducting concluded studies with renowned education specialists Bennett
Reimer and Peter Webster and conductors John P. Paynter and Stephen G. Peterson.
Before joining the music faculty at Loyola University, Mr. Taylor taught band at the
elementary, middle school, and high school levels in Chicago’s northern suburbs. His
bands have received numerous superior ratings and awards.
As a percussionist, Mr. Taylor performs with the Chicago Brass Band, named North
American Brass Band Association champion in 2004 and runner-up in 2008. He is a
member of the National Band Association, College Music Society, College Band Directors
National Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He and his wife and son reside in
Lake Forest, IL.