Marilyn Tannenbaum posing next to an easel with a sign announcing the new education program named after her.

Longtime Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra supporter Marilynn Tannenbaum at the unveiling of the orchestra’s new music education program named for her.

The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra recently honored longtime board member Marilynn Tannebaum by naming its new music education program after her. The Marilynn Tannenbaum Youth Music Education Institute is now the umbrella for IPO’s youth-education programs, which aim to make instrumental programs accessible to young people through experiences with professional musicians. The orchestra surprised Tannenbaum with the announcement during a concert at Olympia Fields Country Club. Tannenbaum attended her first IPO concert in the 1980s, routinely brought members of the orchestra into the Park Forest school where she was principal, and worked to create a full youth concert for students from Chicago’s South Suburbs. Tannenbaum joined IPO’s board of directors in 1988 and became board president in 1993; she has continued to champion music and education for three decades, serving on the boards of the IPO and the Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra. Said IPO Executive Director Christina Salerno, “The Institute will be a vehicle for IPO to attract wider community support for youth music programming, thereby increasing opportunities for all children.”