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Meet the Conductor: Anne McTighe, Overture Strings Conductor

Now in her fourth year with CYSO, Anne McTighe started playing violin at a young age and by second grade had already joined her first orchestra. It’s no surprise then that she has a knack for working with CYSO’s youngest players. Anne McTighe currently conducts Overture Strings and is Assistant Conductor for Preparatory Strings.  How old were you when you …
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Malika Green Wins Fulbright Global Scholar Grant to Study International Steelpan Education Programs

Malika Green, CYSO Director of Steel Orchestras and Community Engagement Coordinator, was awarded the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program’s Global Scholar Grant to study international steelpan education programs. Awarded by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, Green will research and lecture in Trinidad and Tobago, Toronoto, Canada, and London, U.K in 2017 and 2018. …
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Recent Student Achievements: Fischoff, CCPA Young Composer, M-Prize

Chamber ensemble Cerulean Quartet will advance to the Fischoff Competition quarterfinals this May. The group, composed of violinists Cristina Ciubancan and Vincent Wong, violist Margaret Mary O’Malley, and cellist Alex Levinson and coached by Paula Kosower, recently won second place at the 2017 Rembrandt Chamber Music Competition.   Composition Seminar student Angelica Ketcham was recently awarded first place in the Chicago College …
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CYSO Wins Programming of the Year Award from Illinois Council of Orchestras

We recently learned that CYSO won the Illinois Council of Orchestras’ Programming of the Year Award for our 2015-2016 season. The award is given each year to an Illinois orchestra that demonstrates innovative musical choices and presents interesting soloists themes. Highlights of our 2015-2016 season included Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Mahler 6 and Varese’s Tuning Up, Encore Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Bryce Dessner’s Tenebre, …
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5 CYSO Students Selected for National Youth Orchestra

The 2017 National Youth Orchestra was announced this week, and we’re thrilled to share that five CYSO students are included in this year’s group! Congratulations to Kayla Cabrera (viola), Amer Hasan (clarinet), Allen Jiang (bassoon), James Vaughen (trumpet), and Katia Waxman (clarinet). These five musicians will join more than 100 other young players this summer for a three-week residency, followed by …
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Meet the Conductor: Terrance Malone Gray, Associate Conductor

Terrance Malone Gray is CYSO’s longest serving staff member, having been Associate Conductor for more than 20 years. For most of his tenure, Gray led our Debut and Concert Orchestras, but with the creation of Philharmonic Orchestra last fall, Maestro Gray now leads this advanced orchestra made up of primarily high school students. In addition to his work at CYSO, …
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