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Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

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

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

The 2021 CYSO Gala went virtual with an online celebration of the music and stories of our young musicians. Thank you to everyone who tuned in and gave to support CYSO's programs! If you missed it, catch up on the broadcast online now.

In June, CYSO took to Navy Pier for two days of outdoor open rehearsals, marking our very first performances in front of live audiences after more than a year!

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 engagement programs, CYSO is investing in the future of music and the next generation of leaders.

OUR COMMITMENT TO EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras’ dedication to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) is inseparable from our commitment to musical excellence. We value the unique role and contribution of every one of our musicians and recognize that we will only create world-class music when each member of the ensemble can participate to their fullest potential.

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
Rafael Noriega

CYSO SPOTLIGHT

CYSO's Rafael Noriega was recently named to Chicago's 2020 Rising Star Honor Roll, a city-wide recognition for the city's most accomplished young creatives.

Rafael began playing the trombone in 3rd grade, and has been a member of CYSO for the past 3 years, beginning in Philharmonic Orchestra and for the past 2 years, as a member of Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of Chicago Musical Pathways, has won From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in 2018, and participated in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States and NYO2.

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.