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CYSO Gala Celebrates Chicago Soul
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CYSO celebrated the legacy of Chicago soul music at our 2019 gala on February 9th. The event raised more than $415,000 to support CYSO music training, education, and community engagement programs. The event was held at Chicago’s Four Seasons Hotel, where more than 300 guests ascended the grand staircase while being serenaded by members of Preparatory Strings. A lively cocktail …
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CMPI Names Adrienne Thompson as Program Director
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As we shared back in the fall, the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) is a newly-established training program for talented student musicians from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. We’re thrilled to announce that Chicago native and music education veteran Adrienne Thompson will lead the initiative as Project Director. CMPI is a multi-organizational effort led by CYSO, Merit School of Music, Chicago High School …
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CYSO Welcomes Scott McConnell as Steel Orchestras Director
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  CYSO is excited to share that Scott McConnell will be taking the lead in our Steel Orchestras program, moving into the role of Director effective this month. Scott has been with CYSO since 2014, serving as Steel Orchestras Assistant during that time.  “I’m thrilled to begin as director with CYSO’s steel program,” Scott said.  “I’ve watched it grow over the …
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Sean Ford’s Creative Tour Fundraising
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 Back in the fall, the Chicago Tribune‘s Daily Southtown ran a story about Symphony Orchestra french horn player and Tinley Park High School senior Sean Ford. Sean will be joining CYSO on our June 2019 Tour of the Baltics and had come up with a unique fundraising strategy to help cover the cost—creating his own raffle. By going door-to-door selling tickets in his …
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Alumni Interview: 2012 Alum Michael Cox Talks About the Journey to his First Professional Appointment
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Trombonist Michael Cox was a member of CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra in 2012 during his senior year of high school. After attending New England Conservatory of Music for undergrad and completing his Masters in 2018 at Northwestern, he began auditioning for orchestras across the country. As it turned out, the Skokie-native was appointed to his first professional position as principal trombone …
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CYSO 2018 Highlights: YAS! Fest Performance with Chicago Children’s Choir
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As 2018 draws to a close, we’re highlighting some of our favorite moments of the year here at CYSO. Check out the full series here. Shortly after our new season started in the fall, we had the opportunity to celebrate Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth by kicking off the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Event’s YAS! (Youth Arts Showcase) …
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