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CYSO’s Adriana Koch on Being 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 them for careers as professional musicians. As a member of the CMPI Steering Committee, CYSO is proud to be part of such an innovative program and support the 40% of …
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18 CYSO Students Selected for New CMPI Cohort

Congratulations to the 18 CYSO students selected for this year’s Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) cohort. CYSO students now make up a whopping 40% of CMPI fellows! As a member of the CMPI Steering Committee, we are is proud to be part of this city-wide effort to build a robust training pathway for talented young musicians from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. …
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How You Can Be Part of CYSO’s New Mural

While our spaces may be empty much of the time these days, this fall seemed like the perfect time to do a little beautification on the CYSO spaces—including a brand new mural in our entryway to Suite 833 that will be painted over the next few weeks by artist Javier Suárez. Javier is a multi-disciplinary artist from Chicago. Over the …
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Students Reflect on Virtual Fall Rehearsals

CYSO is now halfway through our fall concert cycle, exploring all the possibilities of making music in the virtual world. The way we learn together has radically transformed as we gather ensembles on Zoom calls rather than in the rehearsal room. Things are different, but some things haven’t changed—students still gather together throughout the week with their conductors to learn, …
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“Dies Irae” Through the Ages 

Even if you don’t know it by name, there’s a good chance you’d recognize the musical theme of Dies Irae. The dark tune has been used to represent death in classical music and pop culture for more than 100 years, but the melody itself goes back centuries. In honor of Halloween, Philharmonic Orchestra trumpet player and CYSO Social Media Team …
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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 honored Rafael among a highly-selective group of young Chicagoans who have enriched the city through music, theatre, dance, visual arts, media arts, and literary arts. CYSO nominated Rafael in recognition …
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