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Glenn Kotche Shares his Inspiration for “Infinite Tree”

Ahead of this Sunday’s world premiere at our spring Orchestra Hall concert, composer-in-residence Glenn Kotche sat down with Symphony Orchestra students to share the inspiration behind his new concerto, Infinite Tree. With eclectic influences ranging from touring with Wilco to the podcast Radiolab, the conversation is a fascinating glimpse into how the piece came to be. Tickets for our May …
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Ending the Season on a High Note

The last month of the season is always a busy time at CYSO. Over the past few weeks, we’ve welcomed countless audience members to some of our spring performances, including 1100 CPS third grades at the Philharmonic Orchestra Education Concert and nearly 1000 audience members at the Debut Orchestra/Preparatory Strings and Concert Orchestra/Accelerando Strings spring performances, all at Studebaker Theater. Jazz Orchestra also …
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Meet the Conductor: Malika Green, Director of Steel Orchestras and Community Engagement Coordinator

As Director of Steel Orchestras, Malika Green oversees CYSO’s four on-site steelpan ensembles, along with the new Neighborhood Steel program. In her 6th season with CYSO, she also serves as Community Engagement Coordinator, helping CYSO increase access to music for students and families across Chicago. We sat down with Green to learn more about her journey from pianist to steelpan performer to music …
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Good Advice from Graduating Seniors

By the time they graduate from high school, many CYSO students have been playing an instrument for up to a decade, and some have even been in CYSO ensembles for that long (or longer!) as well. With so many years of experience as musicians and orchestra members, who better to give advice to new CYSO recruits? We asked this year’s graduating …
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Getting to Know CYSO Executive Director Susan Lape

 Susan Lape began her position as CYSO Executive Director in early March. Over the past two months, she’s been on a “listening tour” of CYSO programs—observing rehearsals, attending concerts, and meeting with parents, staff, board members, and others in the music education organizations around the city. While Susan gets to know the CYSO community, she sat down for an interview to allow the …
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Meet the Conductor: Daniella Valdez, Director of String Ensembles

As Director of String Ensembles, Daniella Valdez oversees CYSO’s three string orchestras with musicians ranging in age from 6 to 18 years old. A native Texan, she began playing piano and then violin in elementary school and went on to study at Texas Tech and Northwestern Universities. We spoke with Valdez about her advice for auditioning musicians and found out why a …
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