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Spotlight on our 2019 Graduates

Each year, we’re more and more impressed by the achievements of our graduating seniors, and the 2019 class was no exception. Besides excelling in music, this year’s grads are thoughtful leaders, energetic changemakers, and impressive creative thinkers. We’re so proud that CYSO had a part to play in the lives of these young people and as they set out to …
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Tour of the Baltics 2019: A Temporary Farewell

Violinist and rising senior Nicole Tong, who served as Co-Concertmaster on tour, reflects on the bittersweet moment when tour is over, the family that’s built by playing in an orchestra, and the “roots” that remain even after a student leaves CYSO.   Every summer near the Arctic, reindeer deliver calves on the thawing mountain slopes. After only a few months …
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Tour of the Baltics 2019: Russian Challenges and Triumphs

For the final stop on our 2019 Tour of the Baltics, the orchestra made the journey to St. Petersburg, Russia. The border crossing into the country turned out to be a bit of an adventure, but the triumph of the final concert made it all worthwhile in the end. Co-principal oboist Oliver Talukder wrote about the orchestra’s time in Russia. …
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Tour of the Baltics 2019: Exploring Tallinn, Estonia

For the third stop on CYSO’s Tour of the Baltics, we traveled north from Helsinki to visit Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Harpist Catherine Ramsey wrote about her impressions of the seaside city, which allowed the orchestra to travel back in time to the Middle Ages with a visit to the city’s historic Old Town and a castle tour. CYSO’s …
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Tour of the Baltics 2019: Playing Sibelius in Helsinki

For our second Baltics Tours blog post, cellist Maxwell Schultz wrote about the orchestra’s visit to Finland’s capital city, Helsinki. The rare opportunity to play Jean Sibelius in the composer’s home country—and at the breathtaking architectural wonder Rock Church— was not lost of Max, or the other members of the orchestra. He explains what an honor it was to pay …
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Tour of the Baltics 2019: Välkommen till Stockholm (Welcome to Stockholm)

CYSO’s 2019 Tour of the Baltics is well underway, and we’re featuring dispatches from the road written by members of the Social Media Team. Up first, violinist Nicole (Weirui) Tong shares her impressions of Stockholm, Sweden—from experiencing the Midsommar holiday celebrations to learning to play in a distinctly different concert hall, Nicole reflects on how Tour has already expanded her …
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