Executive Director
Timothy Corpus


Timothy A. Corpus is an internationally performed composer and educator who calls Chicago home. His music has been performed around the world by a variety of ensembles including Third Coast Percussion, Fulcrum Point, Concorde Ensemble and Vox Novus. Highlights also include performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Chicago Cultural Center. In addition to concerts, Timothy has been featured on CNN Money, the Sound of Silent Film Festival, 98.7 WFMT, the Connecticut Historical Society and Classical King FM: Second Inversion.

Mr. Corpus joins the Lake Forest Symphony after serving simultaneously as the Executive Director for the Hyde Park Youth Symphony, Education Coordinator for the Northwest Indiana Symphony and Drumline Instructor at Loyola University Chicago. Serving as the first Executive Director for the Hyde Park Youth Symphony, he focused on building a strong structure for the organization and established a flagship season sponsorship with the University of Chicago Medicine. While at the Northwest Indiana Symphony, he began multiple new programs including a music educator award, composition competition and a community hand drumming event in East Chicago, Indiana.

Mr. Corpus earned his bachelor of music degree in percussion performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and received his master of music degree in music composition from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. A recipient of awards and commissions, he was selected for a 3Arts Project in 2014 and has received awards from ASCAP, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Illinois Arts Council. He has also received funding for his research on Filipino composer Lucio D. San Pedro and presented at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History and the University of Hartford.

Previously, Mr. Corpus has worked as a production manager and educator, teaching workshops, private lessons and guest lectures. In 2012, Timothy began his career teaching at the collegiate level. He was Adjunct Music Faculty at Richard J. Daley College and was the founding Drumline Instructor at Loyola University Chicago. As Production Manager, he produced concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center, Navy Pier, Adler Planetarium, Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Logan Center for the Arts and Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies.

He currently serves on the Composition Committee of the Percussive Arts Society and is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. His compositions are published by Attacca Publishing.

Operations Manager
James "JW" Setzekorn

James Setzekorn

James "J.W." Setzekorn is a performer and performance logistician whose career has taken him around the world. Originally from southern Illinois, James has been a performing musician since a young age.  He completed his bachelor's of music performance degree and a master's of performance degree in percussion at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. He continued his education at DePaul University where he received a post-graduate certificate in percussion performance. 

J.W.'s career has led him from working at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, to directing international orchestra tours throughout the United States, Europe, and South America.  His domestic tours have included managing performers at Symphony Center, Carnegie Hall, Severence Hall, and the Lucas Oil Stadium of Indianapolis.

Most recently, J.W. was a Production Specialist at Mike Balter Mallets, producing percussion mallets for the world's leading performers.  He also volunteered much of his time as a medical courier, transporting donors' bone marrow to patients all around the world.

J.W. resides in Chicago. In addition to his work with the Lake Forest Symphony, he performs as a freelance percussionist, and volunteers at a Chicago-based dog rescue, One Tail at a Time.  An avid pyrotechnician, he is a member of the Pyrotechnics Guild International.

Box Office & Patron Services Manager
Taylor Scott

Taylor Scott

Taylor Scott joined the Lake Forest Symphony in August of 2017. Originally from Aurora, Illinois, she grew up studying horn across the Chicagoland area, including with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Scott earned her Bachelor of Music in French Horn Performance, graduating in 2013 from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. While at Lawrence, she studied horn with James DeCorsey, Anna Skrupky, and William Barnewitz.

After graduating, Ms. Scott worked for the University of Illinois at Chicago, while she interned for the Lakeview Orchestra, a community orchestra on the north side of Chicago. In March of 2016, she earned the Volunteer of the Year award from the Illinois Council of Orchestras. After serving as a volunteer, she was hired on as the Orchestra Manager for Lakeview Orchestra, a position she still maintains today.

Ms. Scott currently resides in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

Orchestra Personnel Manager
Tricia Melzer-Swaydrak


Tricia Melzer-Swaydrak has worked for the Lake Forest Symphony since 2001 as the musician’s Orchestra Personnel Manager.  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 17 different countries, 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.  Conjuring up concerts for the church and community here at home, she founded the annual sing-along concert “Hymn Fest” (since 2005), collaborated in an annual Memorial Day concert “America the Beautiful—For Those Who Gave Their All” with Navy Band Great Lakes and various choirs (2008-2016), and her favorite concert “A Toy-Ful Celebration Holiday Concert”, in coordination with and benefitting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys For Tots Program (1992- current) which raises thousands of toys for underprivileged children each holiday season. A true patriot, she has sung the National Anthem once at Comiskey Park for the White Sox, once in Salt Lake City for the Utah Jazz and 6 times at Cubs games in Wrigley Field for her favorite Cubbies!  Go Cubs!

While not trained as an instrumentalist, Tricia absolutely loves to work with the musicians—sometimes ally, sometimes adversary, but always friend!

Director of finance & accounting
phyllis A. dobbs

Phyllis is responsible for managing the accounting and finance functions of the Symphony.

Phyllis Dobbs

From early childhood, Phyllis' family instilled a love for music, including organ tutorials by her Dad around age 6.  She went on to play clarinet in middle/high school.  Since 2010, she has been a clarinetist in the Libertyville Village Band and recently joined the College of Lake County Concert Band.  

After earning an Accounting degree from Clemson University, Phyllis started her career at a small CPA firm in South Carolina.  She went on to work over 15 years in various finance and accounting roles at K-20 educational publishers and a short stint at a private water and sewer company.  Over the past few years, she has taken various part-time positions in the non-profit sector including the CFO at Shimer College, a finance/accounting consultant at LCRDC (an affordable housing organization), and Treasurer at Python Software Foundation.  During her career, she also earned an MBA from Duke University and a CPA certificate.  

Outside of work, she enjoys reading and is an active member of a Great Books book club.  She also enjoys practicing yoga, traveling, cooking, and gardening.  

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Pre-Concert Lecturer
Jim Kendros

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.


Internships: Lake Forest Symphony is looking for interns in the following categories.

Archives Intern (non-paid)
Assist the staff with the organizing, processing, and cataloguing of archival materials as well as reference and research services. Must be willing to commit to five hours per week during the course of the 2017-18 season (September-June). 

Operations Intern (non-paid)
Assist the staff with the accomplishing the tasks leading up to performances. Also assist with day-of concert production needs. Must be available for the performances during the course of the 2017-18 season (September-June). 

Box Office Intern (non-paid)
Assist the staff with the processing ticket sales and maintaining the patron database. Must be willing to commit to five hours per week during the course of the 2017-18 season (September-June). 

Preferred Experience

  1. Students pursuing a degree in archival and/or library science, music (performance or education), or arts management
  2. Basic knowledge of classical music preferred, but not required
  3. Strong computer skills (relational databases, Microsoft Office)
  4. Demonstrated research skills and ability to work with attention to detail and limited supervision


Please send your résumé and letter of interest to