CYSO Stories Archives - Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

CYSO’s Adriana Koch Shares Her Experience as a CMPI Fellow

Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) identifies orchestral students from underrepresented backgrounds and those from low-income backgrounds or who would be the first in their family to attend college and prepares […]

CYSO’s Rafael Noriega Named to Chicago’s 2020 Rising Star Honor Roll

CYSO is pleased to announce that Rafael Noriega has been recognized by the City of Chicago as a member of the 2019 Rising Star Honor Roll. The city of Chicago […]

After COVID Cancelation, CYSO Alum Lauren Makinney Organizes Front Yard Concert

COVID-19 cancelations have been hard of musicians of all ages, but for last spring’s high school seniors it was especially heartbreaking. Not satisfied to let all her practice go to […]

Young Musicians Create Music Mentoring Program During COVID-19

Social distancing brings many challenges, not the least of which is trying to stay connected to each other and the things we love.  CYSO Social Media Team member and Philharmonic […]

CYSO Cellist Creates The Swan Project to Bring Hope During Difficult Times

CYSO students display their resilience and creativity on a daily basis, and never more so than now as we continue music-making while socially distant. CYSO Social Media Team member and […]

CYSO Bassist Gives Back: Nicholas Boettcher and The No Repeats Program

In 2017, then 13-year-old bassist Nicholas Boettcher had an idea to bring music lessons to teens serving time in the juvenile detention center near his home in Naperville. With the […]

CYSO’s Keith Calloway Named to Chicago’s Rising Star Honor Roll

We’re pleased to announce that Keith Calloway has been recognized by the City of Chicago as a member of the 2019 Rising Star Honor Roll. Presented by Mayor Lori Lightfoot […]

“I Value My Best Effort”: How Concert Orchestra’s Evan McMahon Learns Resiliency and Gives Back

Evan McMahon is a violinist in CYSO’s Concert Orchestra and junior at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School who also plays in the Whitney Young Chamber Orchestra. In addition to […]

Symphony Orchestra’s Oliver Talukder Gets Tips on NYO

 This summer, CYSO Symphony Orchestra co-principal oboeist Oliver Talukder will join 100 fellow young musicians from across the country for Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the United States of […]

Young Musicians of Accelerando Strings and ChiArts Orchestra Come Together for Concert Collaboration

Shreya Dudeja is Concertmaster in CYSO’s Accelerando Strings and a member of CYSO’s Social Media Team. She recently participated in the concert collaboration with ChiArts Orchestra and spoke to her […]

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