Executive Director
Timothy Corpus


Timothy Corpus became Executive Director of the Lake Forest Symphony in July 2017. In addition to directing the organization’s business operations, he has been involved with Board development and artistic planning. In his short time with the Symphony he has led new initiatives in updating the box office, building a new website and bringing the Symphony back to Lake Forest.

Raised in the Chicagoland area, 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. As an internationally performed composer, his compositions have been heard across four continents. Highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, RHA Gallery in Ireland, Federal Justice Cultural Center of Brazil, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Chicago Cultural Center. In addition to concerts, he 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.

Before joining the Lake Forest Symphony, he served 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.

A recipient of awards and commissions, Mr. Corpus was selected for a 3Arts Project Award (2014) and has received numerous 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.

Mr. Corpus is an advocate for arts education having taught clinics, college courses, and private lessons since 2005. In 2012, he began his career teaching at the collegiate level at Richard J. Daley College and Loyola University Chicago. He has also been a guest speaker at University of Texas-Austin, Illinois State University, Kansas State University, and Elmhurst College.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Council of Orchestras, 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 logician 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 from 2016 through 2018.

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

Music Librarian & Orchestra Personnel Manager
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Paul with David Robertson

Milwaukee native Paul Beck started his a musical career as a
bassoonist earning a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan
School of Music. Experienced as an orchestra librarian, Paul has
worked in a wide variety of organizations including as Principal
Librarian for The Juilliard School, Assistant Music Librarian for The
Metropolitan Opera and most recently as Acting Principal Librarian for
the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Also working closely with prominent
artists Paul currently serves as Concert Librarian for Renée Fleming.
Versatile as an administrator Paul has assisted in planning many
events including the very first YouTube Symphony, Preformances!
conducted by Alan Gilbert, and Sting's Rainforest benefit at Carnegie
Hall. Paul makes his home in Chicago and enjoys cooking and exploring
the world of wine.

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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