To celebrate the visit of world-renowned violinist Midori, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with the St. Ambrose University Music Department announces the "Mi-Do-Ri" Young Composer Competition. Young composers are invited to compose and submit a piece for solo violin or violin and piano using a central 3 note musical theme based on the name Midori. All composers currently in local elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges or universities in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas are eligible. Only one submission per composer is allowed and all music must be unpublished. For complete application, rules and guidelines go to The winning composers will receive special recognition, a performance of their score during the 2011 residency of Midori, and a CD recording of the performance.

William Campbell, PhD., Assoc. Professor of Music Theory and Composition at St Ambrose, will offer three separate workshops for composers to guide them through the composition process. Each workshop will include opportunities to teach participants about the genre, musical form, and composition techniques. Workshops will be held at St. Ambrose on three separate Saturdays: December 11, January 22 and February 19, 9 AM-noon. These workshops are optional and open to all interested.

Applications must be submitted via mail to arrive no later than Friday, March 4, 2011. The winning compositions will be announced on the QCSO website by March 25, 2011. Email questions and names of student participants by Friday, Nov. 12 to

Send entries or written inquiries to:
Young Composer Competition
Quad City Symphony Orchestra
327 Brady Street
Davenport, IA 52801

Debra Sandry, Director of Development with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, has accepted a position as Director of Development with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in Norfolk, VA. Sandry joined the QCSO in November of 2004 and during her six years with the QCSO has raised a combined $4.2 million in annual support.

"The QCSO leadership welcomed me six years ago, giving me the opportunity to work on behalf of the Orchestra. I can't say enough about the overwhelming generosity of the Board of Trustees and all our donors. This move will be bittersweet, as I have truly enjoyed watching this orchestra grow through some very challenging years," said Sandry.

"Deb Sandry has been a true asset for this organization and we wish her the best in all of her endeavors," said Jeff vom Saal, Executive Director for the QCSO.


MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT, Quad Cities PBS invites the public to join them for a night of fun and fundraising on Friday, November 5, 2010 when they hold a Trivia Night at the North Hall at the Highland Park Bowl located at 4202 Avenue of the Cities in Moline.

Participants can bring their own food and beverages are available through Highland Park Bowl. The fun starts at 6:00 p.m.  Cash prizes for first place is $150, $80 for second place and $40 for third place. Mulligans and "Phone a Friend" will be available, as well as prizes are awarded between each round.  Tables of 8 people must be reserved, $80.00 for a table. Please call WQPT at 309-764-2400 to reserve a table.

WQPT Trivia Night is a great night of fun and to help support local public television.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University.

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The Quad City Symphony Orchestra launches its 2010-11 season with a concert commemorating the 200th birthday of Chopin with Gustavo Romero's performance of Chopin's First Piano Concerto. This concert also features the powerful music of Beethoven's Egmont: Overture, as well as his famous 7th Symphony. These concerts will be performed on October 2 and 3, and are sponsored in memory of Elsie von Maur and Donald McDonald, by their family. Saturday evening's concert will be held at the Adler Theatre in Davenport at 8 PM, and followed on Sunday afternoon at 2 PM at Centennial Hall in Rock Island. Tickets for this concert can be purchased in person at the QCSO Box Office, 327 Brady Street in Davenport, by phone at 800.745.3000 or online at

On the Thursday before the concerts, Quad Citians will get the chance to hear Music Director Mark Russell Smith share his insights into the upcoming performance at Inside the Music. Expert and novice alike will enjoy this casual musical conversation at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport from 5 to 6:30 PM on Thursday, October 1. This event is free to the public, with free hors d'eouvres and cash bar available.

On Friday, October 1, Gustavo Romero will be leading a piano Master Class at West Music in Moline from 4 to 5:30 PM. Concert pianist Gustavo Romero has a stellar reputation for both the technical brilliance and interpretive depth of his playing, as well as his commitment to in-depth exploration of individual composers. Mr. Romero, a native of San Diego with heritage in Guadalajara, Mexico, discovered his love and gift for music at age five. He started taking lessons, and gave his first public performances at the age of 10. His early teachers included Ilana Mysior. Highlights of the past three years include feature stories on NPR, a seven city recital tour of Japan, as well as concerts in South Africa, Asia, Mexico and the United States.  This Master Class is presented free of charge, with all interested adults and students are welcome to attend. A few select students will be pre-selected to participate.

Mark Russell Smith will also be available at Kai Swanson's Concert Conversations, held in the concert hall an hour before each of the weekend's concerts. At Concert Conversations the audience members will be given a quick tour of highlights from the program they are about to experience. This look into the background of the concert's repertoire, sponsored by Rich James of Wells Fargo Advisors, is in its tenth year and has become an audience favorite.
Returning this season will be Saturday night's Afterglow reception at the Woodfire Grill immediately following the Saturday night concert. Audience members are invited to reminisce about the evening's performance, mingle with Mark Russell Smith and musicians from the QCSO, and sometimes even meet the guest artists. You never know who will be there! The evening promises free hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and remarkable repartee.

July 30, 2010 - At last night's annual meeting, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra announced that Allen Ohmes is retiring from his duties as Concertmaster, effective at the conclusion of the 2010-11 Season. Allen Ohmes joined the QCSO as Concertmaster in 1963 and has excelled in this leadership position for 47 seasons.

"Allen and I were scheduling this year's Chamber Music series when he told me of his plans to retire," explained Music Director Mark Russell Smith. "Allen's artistic legacy is one that will be carried on by this organization for years to come."

The QCSO's Spring Chamber Music concert, scheduled for May 21, 2011, in the Hotel Blackhawk's Gold Room will be dedicated to Allen's retirement.


QCSO announces open auditions

The Quad City Symphony announces open auditions for positions starting in the 2010-11 season.

Auditions will take place on August 29, 2010, at Augustana College in the Bergendoff Fine Arts Building. Positions open include SECTION VIOLIN, SECTION VIOLA, SECTION CELLO, and UTILITY CLARINET.

All interested persons are encouraged to contact Rich Stodd, Director of Operations, for audition information and required excerpts. He can be reached by phone at 563-322-0931 or by email at Interested musicians should send a current, one-page resume.

The Quad City Symphony is pleased to announce auditions for the Youth Orchestra and String Ensemble for the 2010-11 season. Auditions are open to all students grades 6-12. The schedule for auditions will be:

Saturday, August 7 from 10 AM-5 PM
Youth Orchestra woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp, and piano
Youth Orchestra and String Ensemble double basses

Monday, August 9 from 3-8 PM
Youth Orchestra violas and cellos

Tuesday, August 10 from 3-8 PM
String Ensemble violas and cellos

Saturday, August 14 from 9 AM-5:30 PM
Youth Orchestra and String Ensemble violins

Sunday, August 15 from 1-5 PM

All students who wish to audition should contact Rich Stodd, Director of Operations, to schedule an audition time.  He can be reached at the Symphony office at 563-322-0931 or by email at

String players, are you ready for your Quad City Youth Orchestra and Youth String Ensemble auditions? Will you be at your best?  Get free professional coaching on the required musical excerpts on July 15 courtesy of the QCSO. The sessions are 60-minutes long and be sure to bring your own music stand.

Date:Thursday, July 15, 2010
Location:Grace Evangelical Free Church, 5520 Eastern Avenue, Davenport
Youth Orchestra excerpts: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
String Ensemble excerpts: 1-2 PM

Please bring a wire music stand with you to the clinic.

Those students who are unsure of which group they should be auditioning for should prepare both sets of excerpts. They are encouraged to come to both clinic times.

In an era when field trips are becoming increasingly rare, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Day can still pull a crowd. On May 13, the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra will entertain and educate 6,000 area fourth and fifth grade students with its 27th annual Symphony Day. This year's concert will feature "Music of the Stars" including Holst's The Planets and the Imperial March from Star Wars. Joining the Youth Orchestra at the Adler will be Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers, courtesy of the 501st Legion. These narrated concerts at the Adler Theatre highlight the orchestra through short and varied works, while showing the students the inner workings of the orchestra on a giant overhead video projection. For many youths, this is the first time they have had the opportunity to attend a live symphony concert in a concert hall.

Press is welcome to attend any of the three scheduled performances: 9:15 AM, 11:00 AM and 1 PM. Buses begin arriving a half-hour before each performance, with children streaming through the lobby until the time of the performance. Symphony Day draws from 32 different school districts, 195 public, private and home-study classrooms, all coming from within a 45-mile radius of the Quad Cities.

Symphony Day is sponsored by the Rauch Foundation, Alcoa, Adler Theatre Producers, and Volunteers for Symphony.

In 1979, the game Trivial Pursuit was created by Canadian Scott Abbott, a sports editor for The Canadian Press, and Chris Haney, a photo editor for Montreal's The Gazette. They created the game when they could not find all the pieces to their Scrabble game. Trivial Pursuit was released in 1982 and has been popular ever since.

This is a good example of trivia. Trivia can be defined as information of little importance. However, to those who enjoy trivia, it can be an exciting, fun, and competitive cranial exercise.

On Saturday, April 17th beginning at 7pm, Camp Courageous will host its 3rd Annual Trivia Night. The event will be held at the comfortable and atmospheric top floor of the Sill Barn at the camp located at 12007 190th St., Monticello, IA 52310. Participants can come as a group of 5-8 participants or come solo and join a group when you arrive. The cost of $10 per person is a donation to the non-profit, year round camp for people of all ages with disabilities.

Prizes will be given for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. Door prizes and other games will also be played. Snacks will be available or you can bring  your own.

To reserve a table for a team or find out more contact Amatullah Richard, 319-465-5916 or There is a limited amount of space so please RSVP.

Camp Courageous is an alcohol and tobacco-fee environment.