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Philharmonic Orchestra and Classical Kids LIVE! Sell Out Chicago Premiere of “Gershwin’s Magic Key”
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CYSO’s Philharmonic Orchestra recently teamed up with Classical Kids Music Education’s popular Classical Kids LIVE! for the sold-out Chicagoland premiere of Gershwin’s Magic Key. This theatrically-staged performance combined live actors and an educational symphonic concert to celebrate the work of legendary American composer George Gershwin. Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Maestro Terrance Gray, performed more than twenty of Gershwin’s most popular …
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Four CYSO Students Named to Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra
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The 2018 National Youth Orchestra roster was announced this week, and we’re thrilled to share that four CYSO students are included in this year’s group!  Congratulations to Quincey Trojanowski, bassoon; Sam Stout, trumpet; Megan Martin, trombone; and Nick Jack Agliata, who will serve as apprentice orchestra librarian and plays bassoon in Philharmonic Orchestra.  These four students will join more than 100 other …
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Audition Tips from CYSO Conductors
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Auditioning is never easy, even for the most seasoned musicians. Whether you’re hoping for a spot in Preparatory Strings or the New York Philharmonic, playing in front of strangers who are there to judge your performance can be a nerve-wracking experience. Thankfully, performing under pressure often gets easier with practice, and there are plenty of things you can do to …
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2018 Concerto Competition Winners
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We’re pleased to announce this year’s Concerto Competition winners for Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Concert Orchestra. Competition is fierce every season, but this year’s performances were particularly accomplished—for the first time, judges selected co-winners or honorable mentions in every category. Concerto Competition winners will perform at CYSO concerts during the 2018-2019 season, so stay tuned for details as concert programs …
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Chamber Orchestra and Growth Mindset
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Beginning in January, CYSO began a Chamber Orchestra pilot program. This new chamber orchestra performs repertoire written for a smaller complement of musicians than the full Symphony Orchestra, with the added component of seeking to enrich Chicago’s cultural landscape through performances focused on social impact. The program serves as a leadership development incubator with a focus on developing musicians who …
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CYSO Award Applications are Open!
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Each year, CYSO presents present awards to both students and educators at our spring Orchestra Hall concert. Each season we honor one educator who inspires and challenges their students, along with exceptional CYSO musicians who have shown leadership and commitment to music excellence. Nominations are now open for this season’s awards. Submissions are due by Sunday, March 11.  EDUCATOR AWARD …
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