About Our Musicians
Meet the String Section
William Allmart, Concertmaster
William Allmart has been studying the violin since the age of nine. Bill earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Amherst College, and during those years he was also fortunate to be a student of Phillip Naegele, formerly a violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra and one of the founders of the Marlboro Festival.
Following several years playing in professional ensembles in Chile, Bill was accepted into the violin program at Indiana University but problems with his left hand forced him to switch to the business school instead, where he earned an MBA in Marketing and Finance. Careers in international banking, fundraising and international development followed.
Bill joined the DuPage Symphony in 2004 and currently serves as its Concertmaster.
Carrie Provost, Violin II Section Leader
Carrie Provost, the DuPage Symphony Orchestra’s Violin II Section Leader and Conductor for the Youth Symphony of DuPage Concert Orchestra, has. From a young age, Carrie’s life was steeped in music. Her family life flowed with creativity, artistry, and a deep love for the arts. Her father was an exceptionally creative printmaker and painter, and her mother would play Beethoven’s Violin Concerto on the record player as three-year-old Carrie listened in awe: “I felt the music all the way down into my cells. I knew this was me right away.”
Music spoke so strongly to Carrie that when her four older siblings took piano lessons, she clambered up onto the bench and began learning along with them at age five years. Her mother, keen to encourage musical expression, found Carrie her own piano teacher.
One fateful day in 4th grade, everything would change for Carrie. A man came to school, showcasing the most beautiful instrument, a violin. That day catalyzed Carrie’s deep love for the violin. She hasn’t looked back since. Read more about Carrie here.
DuPage Symphony Orchestra: An Orchestra of Volunteers!
Pursuit of Excellence
As a highly accomplished, all-volunteer, community orchestra, the DSO exists to inspire people of all ages to develop an appreciation of symphonic music; to provide accessible, real-life orchestral experiences for area children and students; and to create an outlet for talented musicians to share their passion for music throughout DuPage County.
Serving Illinois Artists
One of the founding objectives of the DSO is to provide an outlet for volunteer musicians to share their love of music with the community. More than 100 musicians rehearse weekly from September to mid-July and are able to collaborate on musical programs while maintaining employment in their chosen professions.
Our Preludes and Interludes Student Musician Series provides an opportunity for chamber ensembles, made up of high school musicians in DuPage County, to perform in the lobby at DSO concerts throughout the season. And, the DSO encourages serious study and musical excellence among young musicians through its annual Young Artists Auditions. Finally, the Young Composers Club based in Naperville provides an opportunity for elementary school students to compose music for small instrumental ensembles. Select members of the DSO worked with these students to workshop, rehearse, and perform a set of newly created pieces for different combinations of woodwind and string instruments at a local chamber concert. The young composers introduced each of the pieces on the program, and both players and audience members had a chance to comment on the music and ask questions.