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Clef Notes — March 2024

Networking Night
A Notes for Peace Celebration
OC at College Night

OC Event Highlights

Join the Nominating Committee!

Are you looking for a way to get more involved in the OC? If so, please consider becoming a part of the Nominating Committee. As we move into the second half of our season, it is time to begin the process of selecting our next Overture Council leaders. The Nominating Committee serves a very important role as it interviews and selects members of the OC to fill open committee chair positions. 

A few key highlights of the Nominating Committee include

  • The committee consists of one committee chair, up to three general OC members and the CSO staff liaison. 
  • The committee is responsible for soliciting applications for available Executive Committee positions, preparing questions for applications and conducting interviews. 
  • The Nominating Committee presents its nominations to the current Executive Committee for ratification. Once finalized, the committee informs all applicants whether or not they were selected. 
  • Overture Council members who are interested in applying for available Executive Committee positions may not serve on the Nominating Committee. 
  • The estimated total time commitment is about 13-15 hours (depending on the number of candidates to interview).

If you are interested in joining the Nominating Committee, please email

Executive Committee positions opening at the end of the season include:

  • President-Elect
  • Core Members Activities Chair
  • External Relations Chair
  • Communications Chair
  • Secretary

OC Ticket Offers

We're excited to announce a new ticket offer for Overture Council members in the 2023/24 Season! Members will have access to specially priced tickets for $40 or less to select concerts throughout the season. Here are the steps to take advantage of this new perk.  

  • Step 1: Visit the calendar listing for performances that have the OC ticket offer available. (OC tickets usually become available 1-4 weeks ahead of the concert date with newly eligible concerts typically added on Thursday afternoons.)
  • Step 2: Choose your preferred concert. All seats available with this special offer will display on the seat map. Select your seats and add to your order.
  • Step 3: Proceed through the checkout process. Tickets will be delivered by email, unless you select another delivery method. Additional fees may apply for other delivery methods.
  • Step 4: Attend the concert!

OC: Renew Today

March Member Spotlight: Kimi Ellwein

OC Member Spotlight: Kimi Ellwein

March's member spotlight features our soundpost chair, Kimi Ellwein! Kimi has been an OC member since the spring of 2019 and joined the OCEC later that year as the membership chair. She then took on the social media chair and is now on her third year as Soundpost Chair. Kimi loves that the OC is a genuine community of like-minded professionals, many of whom have become close friends over her nearly five years in the OC.

Kimi lives in Edgewater and is a marketing professional, personal stylist and event producer. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming Soundpost events!

If you’d like to be featured in a future Member Spotlight, please fill out your information using this form

Upcoming OC Events

OC Networking Night

Wednesday, March 13
Club 9 at Symphony Center

We are thrilled to invite you to a special Networking Gathering hosted by the OC! This event promises to be an evening of connection, camaraderie and professional growth.

Don't miss this opportunity to forge meaningful connections with your fellow OC members. Discover shared interests, exchange ideas and cultivate valuable relationships in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

As we mingle and enjoy refreshments together, we'll also take a moment to discuss the exciting professional development opportunities available through participation in our organization's committees. Whether you're interested in event planning, community outreach or advocacy, there's a committee for you to contribute your talents and skills.

A Notes for Peace Celebration

Tuesday, March 19
Symphony Center

In collaboration with Purpose Over Pain, the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra cordially invites you to A Notes for Peace Celebration, a concert celebrating six impactful years of the Notes for Peace program. To date, over 100 families have found solace through this program, turning the pain of loss into a melody of remembrance. 

Join musicians and alumni from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the families of Purpose Over Pain, guest artists from U.K.-based organization The Irene Taylor Trust, conductor Kyle Dickson, Chicago-area vocalists and CSO Artist-in-Residence Hilary Hahn for an inspiring evening demonstrating the healing power of music on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

For this concert, you may pay what you wish, meaning you can decide to pay any amount between $1 and $100, or reserve a ticket free of charge. By paying for this concert, you demonstrate the value music plays in your life and help make this performance available to all. Seating is general admission.

OC at College Night

OC at College Night
Thursday, March 21

Come represent the Overture Council at the CSO's next College Night! On March 21, during the performance of Mahler 4, we will be inviting members of the CSO Student Ambassadors to attend an intermission toast where they can mingle with young professionals and learn more about our organization as they near the end of their academic careers. This is a great opportunity to represent the OC and help build our membership base. 

Be sure to take advantage of your OC ticket offer and grab a seat today. Tickets start at just $25. 

OC Luxe: Postconcert Reception

OC Luxe: Postconcert Reception
With Susanna Mälkki, Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson & Ying Fang 
Thursday, March 21 

The Governing Members invite Overture Council Luxe members to attend an exclusive reception following the March 21 performance of Mahler 4 with acclaimed conductor Susanna Mälkki, soprano Ying Fang and Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, the CSO's Erika and Dietrich M. Gross Principal Flute Chair.

Please RSVP today by sending an email to or call 312-294-3198. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

*Tickets to the performance are sold separately. 

Community Spotlight:
Purpose Over Pain

Purpose Over Pain

Purpose Over Pain (POP) was formed in 2007 by several Chicago area parents who lost their children to gun violence. These and other parents who were affected by violence now have a purpose to be effective in preventing gun violence over merely living with the pain.

POP provides positive development activities for children and youth, advocates for and promotes safer communities and strengthens families by providing crisis support to parents or guardians whose children have been victims of gun violence.

Purpose Over Pain hosts community events throughout the year that include the Safe Saturday Nights 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, Mentoring, Parent Support Days and Unsolved Cases Forums. These events provide a platform to sensitize the community about the painful effects of gun violence, bring awareness to common sense preventive solutions and provide a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for our youth, parents and members of the community.

Join members of Purpose Over Pain and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago on March 19 at Symphony Center for A Notes for Peace Celebration. Launched in March 2018, the Notes for Peace project empowers parents who have lost children to gun violence to create original songs of tribute. With guidance from the Civic Fellows, guest teaching artists from the U.K.-based Irene Taylor Trust and professional vocalists, parents compose, perform live and professionally record their music, which is then featured alongside family photos and lyrics on

Committee Meetings

Looking to take your membership to the max? Join a committee!
Most committee business takes place on Slack, so be sure to check there for up-to-date committee happenings.

Core Member Activities: Matthew Fry
External Relations: Lauren Heufner
Internal Relations: Carlos Almeida
Membership: Dan Bohlmann
Next joint meeting: Thursday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m.
Hybrid: 220 S. Michigan Ave. or Join on Teams.

Brand Awareness: Aileen Auwaerter
Social Media: Allison LeClere
Next joint meeting: Monday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m.
VirtualJoin on Teams.

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