Prime Timers – Sycamore High School String Quartet

Posted: March 28, 2022

Farm Bureau members are in for a real treat with students from the Sycamore High School Orchestra performing here on Monday, May 2.

The musical performance will occur during the Prime Timers monthly program beginning at 1 p.m. in the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Theater.

Sycamore String Quartet members will provide musical entertainment at Farm Bureau on May 2. They are: (from left) Emma Fredericks, Eva Peterson, Lily Baker and Rebecca Allen, under the direction of Ken Tonaki.

The Sycamore Orchestra Program is a comprehensive 4th-12th grade music experience. Students can learn the violin, viola, cello and string bass beginning in 4th grade. Each year, students are given more challenging music along with higher academic experiences.

The students selected to perform at Farm Bureau are some of the top students in the SHS Orchestra Program and members of the String Quartet. They include: Emma Fredericks, Junior – Violin, Eva Peterson, Sophomore – Violin, Lily Baker, Senior – Viola, and Rebecca Allen, Junior – Cello.

The Orchestra has a distinguished history of excellence traveling to numerous festivals and competitions. The orchestra participates in the IHSA Music Sweepstakes Competition. Since 2012, the SHS Orchestra has finished in the top three almost every year, finishing 1st place in 2012 & 2021.

Ken Tonaki, director of the SHS Orchestra, is in his 26th year of teaching at Sycamore. Ken received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Education from Northern Illinois University.

To register for this program and the noon lunch, contact the Farm Bureau office. Lunch fee is $8. Deadline to register is April 26.