Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Unveils New Marilynn Tannebaum Youth Music Education Institute

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra unveiled its new music education institute for young people on Sunday, March 13 during an exclusive concert at Olympia Fields Country Club and, in doing so, surprised longtime supporter Marilynn Tannebaum, by dedicating the institute in his honor.

The Marilynn Tannebaum Youth Music Education Institute, which oversees all of IPO’s educational activities for young people, is dedicated to expanding instrumental programs accessible to all young people through a variety of innovative experiences with professional musicians. The overall vision of the Institute is to develop enthusiasm for orchestral music through engagement between young people from communities in the southern suburbs of Chicago and the dynamic and creative musicians of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra.

“The IPO is committed to ensuring that the education of young people remains an integral part of the IPO’s mission and operations in perpetuity,” says IPO Executive Director Christina Salerno. “The Institute will be a way for the IPO to attract broader community support for youth music programming, increasing opportunities for all children.”

By adding Tannebaum to the Institute’s nameplate, the IPO wanted to recognize the transformational impact Tannebaum had on the IPO and the southern suburbs and highlight in perpetuity the sincere care and concern she granted to the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra so that others can witness, celebrate and be inspired by his example.

“Marilynn has dedicated her professional life to the education and advocacy of children and she has dedicated her valuable volunteer efforts for more than three decades to the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra,” Salerno said. “We are very pleased to honor Marilynn’s legacy to both the IPO and the youth of our community by naming the Youth Music Education Institute in her honor.”

A significant addition to IPO’s already vibrant youth programming, now conducted through the Institute, will include annual performances and workshops by renowned harpist Lisa Tannebaum, daughter of Marilynn Tannebaum. Each year, Lisa Tannebaum will visit IPO communities to deliver a series of small concerts at area schools and community centers, masterclasses to talented young musicians, and Meet the Artist tours to local youth groups. .

Marilynn Tannebaum’s history with IPO dates back to the 1980s when she first attended an IPO concert at Homewood-Flossmoor High School and fell in love with it. She regularly brought members of the orchestra to the school in Park Forest where she was headmistress and began her quest for a comprehensive youth concert which could expose students from all over the southern suburbs to classical music in direct. Jackie Bonavia, IPO’s executive director at the time, told Tannebaum (after several requests), “Get on the board, you might get it that way.”

Tannebaum joined IPO’s board of directors in 1988 and in 1993 she was named president. Since then, Tannebaum has chaired numerous committees including Special Events, Development and the annual Black Tie Gala. With her passion for music and education, Marilynn facilitated the creation of the first youth concert and co-wrote the first docent program, Jean Bernstein. She has continued to be an advocate for music and education over the past three decades, serving concurrently on the IPO Board of Directors and the Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors.

IPO is celebrating its 44th season in 2021/22. Under the direction of Music Director Stilian Kirov and Executive Director Christina Salerno, IPO’s mission is to provide compelling professional symphonic music, support music education, and raise awareness of musical excellence for diverse communities. of the greater Chicago area.

During the 2021/22 season, IPO will perform several classical concerts at its home venue, Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. Additionally, the orchestra presents a myriad of educational offerings for young people each year and presents a summer chamber music series, IPO Summer @ Olympia Fields Country Club.

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is supported in part by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, Michuda Construction, and Southland Arts. For more information, visit

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