Barrick Stees holding a bassoon

Alumni Spotlight: Barrick Stees, ’77

1977 CYSO alum Barrick Stees has established himself as one of the most respected bassoonists of our time. He serves as assistant principal bassoon of the Cleveland Orchestra, instructor at […]

CYSO Alumni Hideko Amano holding a flute.

Alumni Spotlight: Hideko Amano, ’90

Of the CYSO alumni who go on to be professional musicians, many also find themselves teaching music as well. And it’s not uncommon that these alumni teachers send their students […]

Remembering CYSO alum Richard Oldberg

CYSO is saddened to hear of the passing of Richard Oldberg, a 1956 CYSO alum. Richard was a respected musician and educator, serving as a long-time member of the Chicago […]

Alumni Spotlight: Mary Elizabeth Bowden, ’00

On Sunday, November 14, CYSO alum Mary Elizabeth Bowden will return to her old stomping grounds, joining Symphony Orchestra’s fall concert at Orchestra Hall. Mary will perform the Midwest premiere […]

Alumni Spotlight: Sonja Thoms, ’97

As part of our 75th Anniversary celebrations this season, we are catching up with some of CYSO’s amazing alumni who are making an impact both on and off the stage. […]

CYSO Alumni Award Presented to Jim Franklin

The CYSO Alumni Award recognizes distinguished orchestra members from the organization’s seven decade history and is awarded based on an alum’s contribution to music and culture. This year’s award honors […]

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