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Meet Our 2019 Concerto Competition Winners

We’re pleased to announce CYSO’s 2019 Concerto Competition winners for Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Concert Orchestra. Concerto Competition winners will perform at CYSO concerts during the 2019-2020 season, so stay tuned for details as concert programs are announced next year. Read on to learn more about this year’s winners! SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Nicholas Boettcher Honorable Mention: Claire Metcalf (violin) Nicholas Boettcher, …
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CYSO Gala Celebrates Chicago Soul

CYSO celebrated the legacy of Chicago soul music at our 2019 gala on February 9th. The event raised more than $415,000 to support CYSO music training, education, and community engagement programs. The event was held at Chicago’s Four Seasons Hotel, where more than 300 guests ascended the grand staircase while being serenaded by members of Preparatory Strings. A lively cocktail …
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CMPI Names Adrienne Thompson as Program Director

As we shared back in the fall, the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) is a newly-established training program for talented student musicians from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. We’re thrilled to announce that Chicago native and music education veteran Adrienne Thompson will lead the initiative as Project Director. CMPI is a multi-organizational effort led by CYSO, Merit School of Music, Chicago High School …
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CYSO Welcomes Scott McConnell as Steel Orchestras Director

  CYSO is excited to share that Scott McConnell will be taking the lead in our Steel Orchestras program, moving into the role of Director effective this month. Scott has been with CYSO since 2014, serving as Steel Orchestras Assistant during that time.  “I’m thrilled to begin as director with CYSO’s steel program,” Scott said.  “I’ve watched it grow over the …
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Sean Ford’s Creative Tour Fundraising

 Back in the fall, the Chicago Tribune‘s Daily Southtown ran a story about Symphony Orchestra french horn player and Tinley Park High School senior Sean Ford. Sean will be joining CYSO on our June 2019 Tour of the Baltics and had come up with a unique fundraising strategy to help cover the cost—creating his own raffle. By going door-to-door selling tickets in his …
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Spring Repertoire Spotify Playlists Are Here!

We’ve made it easier than ever to listen to some of the pieces CYSO students will play this spring—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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