Orchestra manager honored by state council

DeKALB — Amanda Nelson, general manager of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, has been named the Illinois Council of Orchestras (ICO) sole recipient of a 2013Honorable Mention Award, asa designation of a person who has made outstanding contributions to an orchestra in Illinois. The award was presented at the KSO’s spring concert May 4 by Brian Shilander, a member of the ICO Board.

Gregory Clemons, director of the ICO Awards Program, said, “TheICOAwardsSelection Committee occasionallyawardshonorable mentionrecognition to organizations or individuals that were not selected as winners in a specific category, but whose achievements in that category were so impressive that some kind of recognition was warranted. The criteria for such anawardare the same as those for the winner in that category.Making such anawardis at the collective discretion of theICOAwardsSelection Committee.”

Nelson has played cello with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra since 2005 and has served as the orchestra’s general manager since 2006. Nelson graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in music education.Sheis a full-time orchestra teacher at Dundee Middle School, where she directs the sixth, seventh and eighth-grade orchestras and the DMS Honors Orchestra. She also teaches private lessons to cello and bass students, serves regularly on her church’s worship team and plays electric cello in the Tom Sharpe World Music Ensemble. For the past six summers, Nelson hasdirecteda summer music program called Garage Orchestra, a string orchestra made up of about 60 middle and high school orchestra students who play rock music and rehearse in Nelson’s garage.