Our Story


The Lakeview Orchestra was founded in 2013 and is now recognized as a leading volunteer orchestra in Chicago. Under the baton of Artistic Director Gregory Hughes, the orchestra presents acclaimed performances that engage, entertain, and educate. The orchestra is home to well-trained, non-professional musicians that revel at opportunities to perform a diverse variety of music — from established masterworks to pieces written expressly for the ensemble.

The orchestra's commitment to artistic excellence has been noted by audiences, critics, and artists alike. In 2016 the Lakeview Orchestra garnered an unprecedented three awards in a single year from the Illinois Council of Orchestras, including the prestigious Community Orchestra of the Year award.


The mission of the Lakeview Orchestra is to engage, entertain, and educate audiences through symphonic music, provide an opportunity for Chicago area musicians to develop and perform, and strengthen the appreciation for and understanding of classical music in the Lakeview community and beyond.