About Us

The Lake Forest Civic Orchestra, a 501(c)3 charitable institution, is proud of its 30-year history of bringing professional and accomplished amateur musicians together to perform beloved classical works. Our current roster includes over 40 players from Lake County and beyond. The 2018-2019 concert season marks our introduction of Christopher Ramaekers as Co-Music Director, teaming up with Maestro Robert Nordling, who begins his fourth season. The LFCO performs four regular concerts each season. All concerts in 2018-2019 will be held in Lake Forest at Gorton Center’s John & Nancy Hughes Theater.

The following is an excerpt from a recent press release:

As Co-Music Directors, Robert and Christopher will share conducting duties for LFCO, each bringing their own styles of musical selections and conducting.

“I am elated to work with the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra again, this time as Co-Music Director, and also happy to be sharing conducting responsibilities with Robert Nordling,” said Ramaekers. “It is not often that the conductor gets a stand partner and after working together to plan out the current season, I feel confident that there is a promising future ahead for the LFCO!”

Dr. Ramaekers is currently Director of Orchestras at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Associate Conductor of the Chicago Composers Orchestra. He was winner of the 2011 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting and holds degrees from Western Michigan University and Northwestern University. The LFCO is thrilled to have him aboard.

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Please join Your Community Orchestra for the upcoming concert! This year marks the LFCOs 30th season.