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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 help of his then 15-year-old brother Jack, a cellist, the two started The No Repeats Project. Nicholas, who is now 15 and co-principal bass in Symphony Orchestra, and Jack, a …
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CYSO Presents Chicago Premiere of Zhou Tian’s “Transcend” at Nov 17 Orchestra Hall Concert

Symphony Orchestra will present the Chicago premiere of  Grammy-nominated composer Zhou Tian’s Transcend at their November 17 performance at Orchestra Hall. Transcend was commissioned by the Reno Philharmonic in partnership with CYSO and 11 other professional orchestras to mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Tian, a professor at Michigan State University, spent months researching both …
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Symphony Orchestra Presents Works by Saint-Saëns, Koussevitzky, Thomas and Tian on Nov 17 at Orchestra Hall

Symphony Orchestra will present their fall 2019 concert at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, November 17 at 6:30 pm under the baton of Music Director Allen Tinkham. Tickets are on sale now. The concert will feature the Chicago premiere of Grammy-nominated composer Zhou Tian’s Transcend, written in honor of the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. The piece …
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First CMPI Cohort Includes 19 CYSO Students

Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) recently announced their first cohort of 50 musician fellows, a group of talented young players who will receive mentoring, coaching, and financial support over the coming year to support their musical training. As members of the CMPI Steering Team, we are thrilled to announce that 19 of the 50 fellows are CYSO members!  The mission of …
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Fall Repertoire Playlists are here!

We’ve made it easier than ever to listen to some of the pieces CYSO students will play this fall—check out our Spotify playlist to get a preview of the diverse repertoire our students will be tackling over the next few months! Pro tip: If you’re a student, these playlists are a great way to prep for rehearsal and perfect for …
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Symphony Orchestra Retreat 2019: How an Orchestra Becomes One

Each season, CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra begins the year with a three-day retreat over Labor Day weekend. The orchestra gathers to begin rehearsing the fall repertoire but, perhaps more importantly, to begin the process of getting to know each other and becoming a true ensemble. With the departure of seniors at the end of every season, Symphony Orchestra is almost always …
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