College Events in September at CYSO

We’ve dubbed the week of September 22 “College Week” at CYSO in honor of the two great events that are planned to get you thinking about higher ed. Check out on or both events, and bring a friend! Coming up on Thursday, September 26 from 6:00-8:30 pm is our ever-popular “Getting Into College 101” masterclass. The event includes everything you …
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Printable Season Calendar Now Available

  Hot off the presses, CYSO’s printable season calendar is now available! Stay up to date on all of our upcoming concerts, events, and workshops so you never miss a thing. Downloadable and print one for yourself or pick up a copy at rehearsal this weekend. Pro tip: The calendar looks great on your fridge  Download yours now!

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Season!

The hallways were humming over the weekend as we officially kicked off the first rehearsals of CYSO’s 2019-2020 season! We’re thrilled to have nearly 650 young musicians as part of our on-site ensembles this year and look forward to serving thousands more young Chicagoans through our Community Engagement programming. Here’s a few of the exciting projects we’re looking forward to in the …
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CYSO’s Keith Calloway Named to Chicago’s Rising Star Honor Roll

We’re pleased to announce that Keith Calloway has been recognized by the City of Chicago as a member of the 2019 Rising Star Honor Roll. Presented by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Keith was honored along with 35 other young Chicagoans who’ve made contributions to the city through music, theatre, dance, visual …
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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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