Chamber Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra is a mixed group of instrumentalists consisting of student and community members and is open to all from high school to adult ages. The ensemble performs both traditional literature for small orchestra/chamber music from the 1600s through the 20th century as well as less traditional chamber orchestra styles such as jazz, contemporary classical, theater and film music. All instrumentalists interested in an eclectic mix of styles and time periods are encouraged to contact the instructor and join.

About the Director: Dr. Mark Liu began teaching in 2002 as a member of the Indian Prairie School District music staff. During his tenure, he was recognized as a Most Influential Educator. Additionally, he has been recognized as Outstanding Educator by Boston College (2009), Illinois Institute of Technology (2007), Western Illinois University (2008), and MIT (2017). Dr. Liu received the Music Inspiration Award from Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (2018) and the Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award from Northwestern University (2018). Dr. Liu received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Wheaton College (2001), Master of Music with orchestral conducting emphasis from Northwestern University (2006), Master of Arts in educational leadership from Aurora University (2008), and Doctor of Musical Arts in music education from Boston University (2016). He has served as orchestra director at Metea Valley High School, symphony orchestra director at Chicago Merit School of Music, Maine East High School, and Waubonsie Valley High School. He is currently music director of Youth Symphony of DuPage, which has collaborated with noted artists such as Mr. Robert Chen (Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and world-renowned violin soloist, Rachel Barton Pine. In 2019, he was elected to be ILMEA Orchestra Division President.