About Us
Who we are
Based in La Grange, IL, the Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra (SCCO) was formed in 1996 under the name of the Salt Creek Sinfonietta, giving its first concert in November of that year. The SCCO is one of Chicagoland’s newest jewels and a premiere chamber orchestra.

Garnering the praises of the Illinois Council of Orchestras for several years, including the “2004 Chamber Orchestra of the Year” award, and award representation for 4 out of 5 years, its members are well-seasoned musicians, sharing their gift of music. Many of the players sit in the principal seats of other area ensembles, making the group a kind of “All-Star Orchestra.”
Our Performances
The orchestra performs three subscription concerts, a holiday concert in conjunction with the La Grange Holiday Walk and numerous chamber concerts and collaborations throughout the area, offering its community members and audience a high quality chamber orchestra, outstanding and affordable entertainment with excellent acoustics, open seating and ample free parking in the lovely, convenient sanctuary of its present concert home, First United Methodist Church (located at 100 W. Cossitt Ave., La Grange, IL). Additionally, the SCCO often performs collaborative concerts with other area groups outside of its regular concert season.
Come See Us
Concerts are hosted at First United Methodist Church Of La Grange, located at 100 W. Cossitt Ave., La Grange, IL 60525.
Single tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors and students age 21 and under. Ticket block purchases are available. Season passes are available at the door or by mail for $50.00 for adults and $40.00 for seniors. Children under seven are free.
Online Ticketing
Tickets can be purchased on Brown Paper Tickets one month before the concert.
By Mail Ticketing
Send Payment and Ticket requests, by mail, to:

Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra
P.O. Box 522, Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 415-2899.
Sitting Members
Timothy Semanik / Director

The 2017-18 season is Timothy Semanik’s seventh season as music director of the Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Semanik has a diverse conducting background, having worked equally in the orchestral, operatic, and choral fields. In addition to his position with the Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, he currently serves as music director for the Bradley Symphony Orchestra and has held similar positions with the Carleton College Orchestra, University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Central Illinois Youth Symphony, and the Northern Illinois University Philharmonic.

He has served as guest conductor for the Chicago Symphony, Chicago Youth Symphony, the Windsor Symphony, the Elmhurst Symphony, the Pacific Chorale, the Pacific Symphony Institute and Youth Orchestra, and the orchestras at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan.

Mr. Semanik’s operatic credits include productions with the Midwest Institute of Opera, Winter Opera St. Louis, Festival Opera, Light Opera Works, Great Lakes Lyric Opera, Ann Arbor Opera, Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, Comic Opera Guild, Ann Arbor Civic Theater, Opera in the Ozarks, Bradley University, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, and California State University, Fullerton.

In 2017 he will complete his tenth season as music director for the Savoyaires in Evanston, IL. Mr. Semanik holds a doctoral degree in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan.

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Louis F. Parker / Treasurer

Lou has played oboe with the SCCO since the 1997-1998 season. A retired systems analyst with System Sensor Inc. of St. Charles, Illinois, he divides his time between R/C model flying, teaching music and church activities in the Chicago Metropolitan Area.

He has performed with symphony orchestras in Oak Park, Illinois, Columbia, Missouri, Rochester, Minnesota, Aurora, Illinois, and Greensboro, North Carolina, is a charter member of woodwind quintet, Quintessence, and has enjoyed contributing ecumenically and musically to several churches in the Fox Valley for more than thirty-five years.

Gary A. Greene / Secretary

Gary Greene holds degrees in music education and musicology and has played horn with the Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra since 1999. Dr. Greene now also serves as the program annotator for the group. He brings to the board a significant experience in the management of music ensembles.

He served as the Reference Specialist/ Librarian for the American Symphony Orchestra League, 1987-1988, and he has sat on a number of music boards, principally the Monroe [LA] Symphony Orchestra Board of Governors, 1988-1998, and the Danville [IL] Municipal Band, 1980-1983 (President, 1982-1983). On the Monroe Board, his primarily committee assignments were the Artistic Advisory, Conductor Search (Chair), and KEDM Liaison (Chair) Committees.