Personnel

Tim Janiszewski is a conductor, composer and music educator in the Chicago land area.

As a conductor, Tim has recently been appointed as the Music Director and Conductor of The Illinois Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. He also currently serves as the Conductor of the Midwest String Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra. Tim has previously served as the Assistant Conductor of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. He also regularly guest conducts the West Suburban Flute Orchestra and conducts musical productions at the Summer Place Theatre in Naperville.

‚ÄčAs a composer, Tim Janiszewski is an active freelance composer writing for both the digital and concert medium. With several recent premieres of his compositions including Pursuit of the Mountain, Tragic Beauty, Woodwind Quintet no. 1 and his String Quartet no. 1, Tim Janiszewski has been in demand to commission pieces for ensembles and performers of all ages and abilities.

‚ÄčAn active educator and clinician in the Chicagoland area and abroad, Tim Janiszewski has over nine years of teaching experience in both the classroom and private lesson setting. Tim Janiszewski has worked with many different schools and age groups as a music educator and clinician. These schools include Lake Forest High School, Maine East High School, Glenbard East High School, Churchville Middle School, Cass Junior High School, Woodale Junior High School, Hampshire Middle School, East Richland High School, East Leyden High School, Lake Forest County Day School, and Palatine High School.

Tim Janiszewski studied at Elmhurst College where he received his Bachelors in Music Education and Music Theory and Composition. During his time at Elmhurst College, he was the winner of six student conductor competitions where he conducted The Elmhurst College Symphonic Band and The Elmhurst College Philharmonic Orchestra for three consecutive years. He was also guest conductor of the Elmhurst College Varsity Band on two occasions, the second occasion as a guest composer where he conducted the premiere of his piece entitled Pursuit of the Mountain. He also conducted the Elmhurst College Theatre pit orchestra in the musical production Dames at Sea.

The Illinois Valley
Youth Symphony Orchestra
Business Manager Jennifer Antkowiak Etscheid is an alumna of LaSalle-Peru Township High School and the Illinois Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. She was a two time All-State Honor Band participant and winner of the IVSO Concerto Competition in 2011. Jen graduated from Eastern Illinois University with her BM (Summa Cum Laude with University Honors) in 2015 and her MA in 2017 where she held a 4.0 GPA and was awarded the Distinguished Graduate Award for 2017. While at EIU, Jennifer served as principal of the orchestra and wind symphony for several seasons, won the ESO Concerto Competition in 2012, 2013, and 2015, was an Honors Recital winner in 2013, 2014, and 2016, and received numerous scholarships, including the Presidential Scholarship. She studied abroad in Salzburg, Austria where she studied flute under Moritz Plasse. Her other teachers include Sue Gillio, Jennifer Mills, and Dr. Rebecca Johnson. 

She has worked as an Event Coordinator of the Doudna Fine Arts Center where she worked with groups such as the Russian National Ballet, Count Basie Orchestra, and Molly Ringwald. Jennifer returned home to build her own flute studio at Music Suite 408. She has also directed the pit orchestra for LP's spring musical, performed with the Southern Illinois Music Festival, and been on the faculty for the Summer Flute Retreat and Eastern Illinois Music Camp.