chicago reader


We are a professional development orchestra. We help young professional musicians win major symphony auditions through repertoire sight reading and workshops. We are also an orchestra for retired professional and comeback players who wish to get and keep their playing chops up.

Our members regularly play with the Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, and some are regular members of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra as well as other respected ensembles.

If you are sick and tired of the standard orchestral environment and its tension, competitiveness, backbiting, pettiness, and other unpleasant behavior, come to the Chicago Reading Orchestra and join us in a positive, cooperative and inclusive environment, where you can play your absolute best in a totally supportive and relaxed atmosphere. In the process, you can also prepare yourself for part III of any major symphonic audition "Sight-reading from the standard orchestral repertoire" at the same time!!! We value your effort and opinion!!!

Music as it was meant to be™ the Chicago Reading Orchestra!

Would you like to improve your repertoire and reading skills on a regular basis?
Would you like to have the experience of playing under a
great conductor?
Would you like to make professional contacts?
It's FREE day at the Chicago Reading Orchestra for the remainder of the Spring 2007 season! Although the reading sessions are normally run for a tuition fee, in honor of founder Mike Goode's move to Los Angeles the remaining sessions will all be FREE in order to encourage all of you to come. We need all instruments, violin, viola, cello, bass, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons,horns,trumpets, trombones, percussion and a harmonium for the Manfred Symphony. We would also like to borrow a used set of timpani for the last four sessions; they do not have to be great; just something that is tunable. We also need extra percussion gear for some of the pieces that remain. The office number is 708-358-1786.
Our conductor is Kim Diehnelt, who trained at the Sibelius Academy in Finland under some of the world's greatest conductors, and who has conducted extensively in Europe and served as assistant to Jay Friedman of the Chicago Symphony for four years. Maestra Diehnelt is a world-renowed expert on the works of Edward Elgar and has been recognized as such by the International Elgar Society. She also is a renowned expert on the works of Sibelius. We are lucky to have Maestra Diehnelt as our conductor. Maestra Diehnelt also serves as Administrative Vice-President for the Chicago Dance and Music Alliance. She brings a fresh, artistic and innovative approach to these time-honored orchestral works along with brilliant musical insight and a virtuostic conducting style that is unmatched in the conducting world.
The remaining dates and repertoire are:
April 23 - Berlioz Corsaire Overture
Borodin Polovetsian Dances
April 30 - Mendelssohn 2 - Strauss Til Eulenspiegel
May 7 - Mendelssohn 3 - Strauss Til Eulenspiegel
May 14 - Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony (harmonium needed)
he new location is in, Oak Park, IL next to Chicago. Please call 708-358-1786 or email for directions at The rehearsal is at night so please take appropriate security precautions if you take the CTA or METRA to Oak Park or are walking from your car. For further information see our website at and click on the Chicago Reading Orchestra tab and then click on the Repertoire and Schedule page. Please bring your own music stand and a stand light. Also, RSVP via email to or 708-358-1786 if you are coming.

A lot of our players have won highly competitive auditions as a result of the skills they have developed sight-reading great orchestral works with the Chicago Reading Orchestra. In the first year alone, in 2005, the orchestra sight-read 120 works! The Chicago Reading Orchestra is a unique and valuable experience for those who want to participate. For any further information you may contact Michael Goode, General Manager and Founder at our office at 708-358-1786.
We are indebted to George Manning for the use of his magnificent mansion for our rehearsals this Spring 2007 season.
Some of our members have regularly played with the Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, and some are regular members of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra as well as other respected ensembles.