CYSO Youth Symphony Chicago
About CYSO

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras has provided music education through orchestral programs and performance opportunities of the highest caliber since 1946.

CYSO serves nearly 600 students ages 6-18 through four full orchestras, three string orchestras, multiple steel orchestras, and supplemental programs including chamber music ensembles and composition. CYSO musicians receive superb orchestral and chamber music instruction from Chicago’s most respected professional musicians, perform in the world’s greatest concert halls, and gain the self-confidence and discipline necessary for a successful future.

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CYSO serves nearly 600 students ages 6-18 through four full orchestras, three string orchestras, steel orchestras, jazz orchestra, and supplemental programs. Musicians receive superb instruction and gain the skills necessary for a successful future.

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CYSO auditions are open to students who will be high school seniors or younger. Auditions for the upcoming season happen each spring. Tuition assistance is available for all programs for families with financial need.

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The best way to experience CYSO is to attend an event! From our annual fundraising gala, free community concerts, performances at Symphony Center’s venerable Orchestra Hall, we offer something for everyone.

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CYSO alumni play in the world’s finest orchestras and ensembles, as well many other respected professions. Regardless of whether they pursues further music studies, CYSO students leave with skills that will serve them for a lifetime.

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CYSO Tour: Exploring and Performing in Belgrade

The seven students of CYSO’s Tour Social Media Team are sharing photos and blog posts of their experience abroad on our 2017 Tour of Central Europe. Today flautist Jennifer Wang writes about the students’ three days in Serbia and the first performance of tour at Belgrade’s Kolarac Hall. Last night, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras had its first performance of …
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CYSO Tour: Traveling with an Orchestra

The seven students of CYSO’s Tour Social Media Team are sharing photos and blog posts of their experience abroad on our 2017 Tour of Central Europe. Today we feature a dispatch from flautist Jennifer Wang who reflects on traveling to our first stop, Belgrade, Serbia. Jennifer writes about  flying with instruments and with a group of over 100 people. Hint: It …
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Symphony Orchestra Tour Send-Off Concert at Millennium Park

We sent off CYSO’s Tour of Central Europe in style with a fantastic concert at Millennium Park on Sunday, June 18. Performing the repertoire that students would take on the road to Belgrade, Budapest, and Prague, Symphony Orchestra thrilled the crowd with Dvořák’s Carnival Overture, Elgar’s In the South, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 6, Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust, Puccini’s Manon …
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CYSO Tour: Serbian TV Feature

On the eve of our flight to Belgrade to begin CYSO’s 2017 Tour of Central Europe, the orchestra and our upcoming performance were featured this morning on Serbian TV. Check out the clip below! Keep an eye on our social media and the tour page over the next 10 days as we share our adventures from Europe!