The Lake Forest Symphony is excited to welcome two new talented members to our team. Please join us in welcoming new Operations Manager, James Setzekorn and new Box Office & Patron Services Manager, Taylor Scott.

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.

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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.

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