Meet the Staff

David Forsman – Music Director

Emily Mantell as Director of SYS

Cellist Emily Lewis Mantell is a busy freelancer in the Chicago area with her husband, violist/violinist, Matt Mantell. She is currently principal cellist with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and is a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta. She has also held principal positions with Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and the Bolshoi Ballet, and subbed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. For over twenty five years, she has been on the faculty of Birch Creek Music Performance Center each summer in Door County, Wisconsin. Ms. Mantell teaches adjunctly at Saint Xavier University (Chicago) and Trinity Christian College (Palos Heights) as well as from her home studio in Orland Park, Illinois. She is a longtime board member of the Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra which serves the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Her daughter Sonia is also a freelance cellist in Chicago, having received degrees from New England Conservatory and DePaul School of Music.