Author Archives: CYSO

2019 Tour Announcement: We’re Headed to the Baltics!
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It’s official: Our 2019 Symphony Orchestra Tour will be headed to northern Europe for a concert tour of the Baltics! With stops in Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; and St. Petersburg, Russia, students will perform in world-class venues, learn about the culture of these historic cities, and make memories to last a lifetime. “Tour, perhaps more than any CYSO experience, offers …
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Giacomo Glotzer Reflects on What He Learned in a Decade with CYSO
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CYSO is more than just music. For many students, it offers not only the chance to play with other musicians at an extraordinarily high musical level, but also valuable experiences and life lessons. Playing in an orchestra sets students up for lives and careers in all fields. Giacomo Glotzer recently graduated from high school at the University of Chicago Laboratory …
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CYSO Stories: Magali Coronado
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 In her senior year of high school at Lane Tech, Magali Coronado decided to try something new.  Already an accomplished flute player, she joined CYSO’s most advanced steelpan ensemble, Kaiso Steel Orchestra. Before she heads off to Oberlin Conservatory this fall, CYSO Social Media Team member Oliver Talukder interviewed Magali to find out about her time in CYSO and what …
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Lucy Mangalapalli Named to Chicago’s 2018 Rising Star Honor Roll
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2018 CYSO alum Lucy Mangalapalli was recently named to the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ (DCASE) 2018 Rising Star Honor Roll, recognizing her as one of Chicago’s most accomplished young creatives. Lucy was nominated by CYSO in recognition of her work as a young musician and exemplary community member. Madalyne Tregellas Maxwell, CYSO Director of Operations, said that …
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Reflecting on Maestro Tinkham’s Words of Wisdom
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Jennifer Yu Wang is a (very) recent CYSO alum, having served as Symphony Orchestra co-principal flute  during the 2017-2018 season before graduating this spring. As she reflected on the end of her time with CYSO, Jenny decided that her final post for the blog would focus on all the lessons she’s learned during her time in the program. In this …
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Thank you for a great 2017-2018 season!
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 A tremendous thank you to all of the students, families, and supporters who helped make CYSO’s 2017-2018 season our best yet! Over the past season, more than 600 CYSO students performed for more than 6,000 audience members and 8,000 CPS students, were raved about in the Chicago Tribune and featured on NBC Chicago, performed Gershwin classics to a sold-out crowd, …
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