“CYSO is a place where I can strengthen my skills as a musician. It has helped me grow, and I love spending time making music and learning each week.”

Emma, Debut Orchestra

With some of the most talented young musicians in the Chicago region, celebrated faculty, and unique performance opportunities, CYSO offers an unparalleled student experience.

Auditions are open to students ages 6-18. Auditions for the upcoming season happen in the spring for orchestra and steel ensembles. Tuition assistance is available for all programs for families with financial need.

CYSO Membership


CYSO membership is both a privilege and a responsibility.  Students have an opportunity to create wonderful musical memories and experiences that they will carry with them for a lifetime.  As members, students and families are asked to maintain CYSO’s high standards.