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CYSO IS INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF MUSIC AND THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS

CYSO recently joined with music organizations from across the city to announce a $3.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund the creation of the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI).

Read about Symphony Orchestra's triumphant fall performance at Orchestra Hall including works by Walker, Bartok, and Respighi.

You don't want to miss a minute of this season! Download CYSO's 2018-2019 season calendar

About CYSO

CYSO's mission is to inspire and cultivate personal excellence through music. We believe that ensemble music training develops young people with the skills necessary to achieve, whether in or outside the music world.

Through orchestras and small ensembles led by some of Chicago's most respected music educators, students develop self-discipline, communication and collaboration skills, and a deep appreciation for the arts.

With more than 650 young musicians ages 6-18 in on-site programs, and another 8,500 students in Community Partnership Programs, CYSO is investing in the future of music and the next generation of leaders.

CYSO'S IMPACT, AT A GLANCE

194 Different Zip Codes
1 in 4 families receive financial assistance
93% student retention each season
50k annual instruction hours
Susie Lucy Terrance CYSO Musician

CYSO Spotlight

Lucy Mangalapalli was recently named to the Chicago's 2018 Rising Star Honor Roll. Lucy, a 2018 CYSO grad, was recognized as one of the city's most accomplished young creatives.

“They say that music builds bridges. I hope that being accepted to the Honor Roll will inspire other young artists like me to build the bridges they need to continue their artistic journey and pursue their creative passions, despite whatever may stand in their way.”

Upcoming Shows and Events

Making Music in Chicago's Neighborhoods

We believe that the arts are vital to building strong communities. CYSO Community Partnership Programs include neighborhood-based ensembles, free workshops and concerts, and ongoing collaborations with organizations doing innovative and important work throughout Chicago.

INVEST IN THE FUTURE OF MUSIC

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, CYSO relies on the generosity of our donors to continue to provide the highest caliber music education to young musicians. With tuition only covering 30% of the total cost of each student’s participation, your generous gift empowers young people from all backgrounds to hone their musical skills, learn teamwork, and gain the self-confidence and discipline necessary for a successful future.