Eli Chen, Principal Conductor

Eli joined the RCO as Principal Conductor in 2018. He has worked with the Chicago Composers Orchestra and led concerts with the Lviv Philharmonic and the Berlin Sinfonietta. He recently made his operatic debut with the Chicago Opera Theater on Mark Adamo’s Becoming Santa Claus, and he currently also serves the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Conductor. Mr. Chen received Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Virginia in music and biochemistry, and a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University.

Richard Corrigan, Music Director

Mr. Corrigan has been Music Director of the RCO since 2007. His music studio, Harrison East, has been serving the Oak Park community since 2000. He has performed and lectured throughout the Midwest. Mr. Corrigan holds a Bachelor of Music from Western Michigan University and a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Wichita State University.

Board Members:

Eileen Pahl, Personnel Manager

Amy Rasmussen, Marketing

Jeanette Heiner, Community Liaison

Shoko Asaka Meschke, Treasurer