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 more than 600 students ages 6-18 through four full orchestras, three string orchestras, steel orchestras, jazz orchestra, 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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Upcoming Shows & Events
October 20, 2018
CYSO Open House | Saturday Programs
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October 21, 2018
CYSO Open House | Sunday Programs
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October 27, 2018
Fall Chamber Orchestra Concert
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Discover Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras


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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College Week at CYSO

September 23-30 is CYSO College Week! Join us on Thursday 9/27 and Sunday 9/30 for great events to answer all your burning questions about higher ed. GETTING INTO COLLEGE 101 THURS, SEPT 27 | 6:00 – 8:30 PM Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of college applications? Our popular Getting Into College 101 masterclass includes everything you need to know about …
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Download the 18/19 Season Calendar

Hot off the presses, CYSO’s printable season calendar is now available! Stay up to date on all of our upcoming concerts, events, and workshops so you never miss a thing. Downloadable and print one for yourself or pick up a copy at rehearsal this weekend. Pro tip: The calendar looks great on your fridge 🙂

Welcome to the 2018-2019 Season!

The rep is ready, hallways are humming, and our 2018-2019 season is officially underway! We’re thrilled to have 650 young musicians as part of our on-site ensembles this year and look forward to serving thousands more young Chicagoans through our Community Partnership programming. Here’s a few of the exciting projects we’re looking forward to in the upcoming season: Philharmonic Orchestra, …
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CYSO to Kick Off YAS! Fest at Pritzker Pavilion

CYSO will join forces with Chicago Children’s Choir for a free concert in Pritzker Pavilion on Saturday, September 22 that will also be live broadcast on WFMT’s Introductions. YAS! Fest (Youth Arts Showcase Festival) is a day-long celebration presented by Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. It will feature performances from young Chicago creatives from across the city, …
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