Orchestra Personnel Manager
Tricia Melzer-Swaydrak


Tricia Melzer-Swaydrak has worked for the Lake Forest Symphony for 10 years and is responsible for engaging LFS musicians and coordinating Symphony auditions. A classically trained soprano, Tricia graduated with a degree in Voice Performance from Northwestern University, and has remained in the Chicago area as a church musician. She has traveled overseas to sing in some of the most beautiful cathedrals of the world in England and western Europe as a frequent soloist in the International Church Music Festival Gala Concerts under the direction of Sir David Willcocks, and European tours with The Chicago Master Singers under the direction of Alan Heatherington. Conjuring up concerts for the church and community here at home, she founded the annual sing-along concert “Hymn Fest,” now in its 8th year, has collaborated in an annual Memorial Day concert “America the Beautiful—For Those Who Gave Their All” with Navy Band Great Lakes (6 yrs. running), and her favorite concert “A Toy-Ful Celebration Holiday Concert” benefitting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys For Tots Program for the past 20 years. A true patriot, she has sung the National Anthem 6 times at Cubs games in Wrigley Field (and once at Comiskey Park, for the White Sox…  Go Cubs)!

Pre-Concert Lecturer
Jim Kendros

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Often referred to as "The North Shore's Favorite Music Historian," Jim Kendros is entering his 11th season as Pre-Concert Lecturer for the Lake Forest Symphony.

As a much sought-after presenter, Jim is the speaker for the Elgin Symphony Listener's Club and is the Pre-Concert Lecturer for the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a featured speaker for Music of the Baroque.

As a composer, Jim has over 250 works in his current catalogue, ranging from solo works for piano, classical guitar and other instruments to large-scale orchestral and choral compositions.

Jim is often commissioned to compose civic works including "The Mount Prospect Overture," "Dance of Destiny" (for the city of Des Plaines), "Circle of Knowledge" (for the North Suburban Library System), and "The Ballad of Port Washington" (for the city of Port Washington, Wisconsin). His "Wheaton Sinfonia" for viola ensemble has been premiered by the violists of the Houston Symphony.

As a performer, Jim is passionate about performing on Baroque period string instruments. His concerts include music of Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart on both the Nyckelharpa (keyed violin of Sweden) and the French Hurdy Gurdy. Jim's concerto, "Adagio's Life" features the Nyckelharpa. His "Winter Solstice Fantasy" includes the Hurdy Gurdy with orchestra and choir, and was inspired by the beautiful winter scenes of Lake Bluff.

Jim has recently released his premier CD of original piano works, "Fermata's Journey," and features these works in his many performances.


Be part of the renowned Lake Forest Symphony Association. Many different talents and skills are needed to provide management and support for this cultural treasure.

Executive Director

The Executive Director is the chief executive responsible for all aspects of Symphony administration,

programs, and strategic planning. The Executive Director will take a leading role in guiding the LFS towards

achieving rigorous fundraising and community engagement goals. The Executive Director is responsible for

all aspects of Symphony operations including artistic administration; financial management; fundraising;

marketing; audience development; public relations and promotion; concert production; human resources;

education; and community engagement. The position reports directly to the President of the Board of


The Executive Director will work regularly with the Board of Directors and is responsible for communicating

effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the

Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

The Executive Director develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization,

including the preparation of annual budgets, fiscal management, and careful monitoring of earned and

contributed revenue.

The Executive Director takes a leadership role in fundraising. S/he actively identifies, cultivates, and solicits

gifts from all sources. S/he provides guidance and support to the fundraising efforts of the Board. S/he

ensures that the systems and procedures are in place for the proper acknowledgement and stewardship of

gifts and for compliance with grant requirements and applicable laws.

The Executive Director works in close partnership with the Music Director in evaluating existing activities

and designing new programs that achieve and advance LFS’s mission. S/he develops partnerships and

collaborations with organizations both locally and nationally to promote awareness for the Lake Forest

Symphony’s mission and unique service in our community.

The Executive Director is the visible representative and spokesperson for the LFS with the organization’s

many stakeholders, community partners, and presenters. S/he actively participates in local, regional, and

national organizations as an advocate for the work of the LFS.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a clear commitment to the mission of the Lake Forest Symphony and

the art of live orchestral performance.

The successful candidate will have executive leadership experience with a not-for-profit organization,

preferably in the performing arts. S/he will have the demonstrated ability to work effectively with creative

artists. S/he will have successful experience collaborating with a volunteer President in developing an engaged

and effective governing Board.

The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker with the ability to lead, develop, and execute both short-
and long-term plans to expand the reach and impact of LFS while increasing support from both individual

and institutional donors. S/he will have a track record of success in generating contributed income from

foundations, corporations, government, and a broad base of individual patrons. S/he will be able to write and

speak persuasively to diverse audiences about the work of the LFS.

The successful candidate will be knowledgeable about the business of music, including commissioning,

performance rights, collective bargaining agreements, artist contracts, electronic media, and concert

production. S/he will have successful experience developing and managing both annual operating budgets

and project budgets. S/he will have a track record for achieving budget goals.

The successful candidate will be a leader who welcomes and encourages innovation in programming and

concert presentation. S/he will be a person of integrity and high ethical standards. S/he will be an excellent

listener and a natural collaborator.

The successful candidate will welcome the opportunity to work in the Lake County Community and to take

full advantage of the resources available to advance the mission, expand the programs, and develop support

for the Lake Forest Symphony.


Please prepare a cover letter that describes your specific interest in the Lake Forest Symphony and outlines

your qualifications for the position. Send with a resume, salary history or requirements, and contact

information for at least three professional references. Electronic submissions are requested. All applications

will be treated as confidential and references will not be called without the candidate’s knowledge and


Please send materials to:

Lake Forest Symphony - Executive Director Search

c/o Kelsey Sommer

Lake Forest Symphony

400 East Illinois Road

Lake Forest, IL 60045


Internships: Lake Forest Symphony offers unpaid internships in Marketing, Graphic Design and Concert Production.  Please send your résumé and letter of interest to