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2018 CYSO Gala: West Side Story Mambos the Night Away
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The 2018 CYSO Gala: West Side Story on February 10 brought in a record $425,000 to support CYSO’s music training, education, and community engagement programs. Celebrating the energy of Bernstein’s American classic and the talent and achievements of CYSO’s student musicians, it was an evening to remember! Hosted at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, more than 320 guests ascended the grand staircase …
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Beatrice Chen Featured on NPR’s From the Top
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Violist Beatrice Chen was recently featured on NPR’s From the Top. The 14-year-old has been a member of CYSO since 2013 and currently serves as co-principal violist for Symphony Orchestra. In her segment, Bea performs works by Hindesmith, Bach, and Beethoven, and talks about performing with her brother Noah (also a member of Symphony Orchestra) and a recent concert at a …
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Violinist Bryana Martinez Crosses Musical Genres with Orchestra and Mariachi
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Bryana Martinez, a sophomore at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, is violinist in CYSO’s Philharmonic Orchestra and a very busy young musician. In addition to playing with CYSO and in her school band, Bryana also performs as a violinist and singer in Mariachi Herencia de Mexico, a 18-member group of high school-age musicians that perform traditional mariachi songs.  Bryana …
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CYSO Featured on WGN’s Adelante Chicago
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CYSO Executive Director Susan Lape and Music Director Allen Tinkham were recently interviewed on WGN’s Adelante Chicago with host Lourdes Garcia, who will also emcee the upcoming CYSO Gala on February 10. Susan and Allen discussed the gala’s celebration of the music of West Side Story in honor of the Leonard Bernstein centennial, as well as our outreach to young musicians …
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IMEC Conference in Peoria: That’s a Wrap!
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A big thank you to all the educators, alumni, students, and friends who came out to say hello to CYSO in Peoria for the Illinois Music Education Conference. Always one of our favorite annual events, this year we packed it in during our 4 days downstate, performing the opening night concert, running our booth, schmoozing with friends at our first-ever …
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Executive Director Susan Lape Featured in Creative Careers Podcast
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Executive Director Susan Lape sat down with the iCadenza Creative Careers podcast to discuss the career path that led her to CYSO. The episode, which explores what it means to be a creative professional in music, the arts, and business, and more, features a fascinating look at how Susan leveraged her love of music and performing into a career in arts administration. …
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