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Jack Boettcher Wins Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition
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Thursday evening, the final round of Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Concerto Competition was held at the Fine Arts Building. From 22 first round competitors, six finalists competed in the finals, including Rachel Hsu (violin), Cristina Cuibancan (violin), Rabia Brooke (violin), Jack Boettcher (cello), Duncan Steele (viola), and Jennifer Wang (flute). The competition this year was fierce, with each of the six students …
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CYSO 70th Anniversary Celebration Breaks Previous Fundraising Records
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The CYSO 70th Anniversary Celebration took place Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Four Seasons Chicago. A glamorous celebration of the music of James Bond, the event was dubbed “0070th.” As CYSO’s largest fundraising event of the year, the gala broke previous records, raising $365,000 for our music training and education programs. Highlights of the evening included internationally-acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine, who joined …
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Meet the Conductor: Dana Green
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If there’s such a thing as an “honorary alum,” Dana Green would be it. Though he wasn’t himself a member of CYSO, Dana’s father Michael Green was a percussionist with CYSO back in the 1960’s (and then went on to serve as timpanist with the Grant Park Symphony for more than 40 seasons). Dana didn’t play with CYSO as a young …
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Packed House for Jazz Orchestra’s First Concert
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CYSO’s new Jazz Orchestra took the stage the Chicago’s legendary Jazz Showcase on a cold Wednesday night in January. Playing to a sold out crowd, the 25 young musicians performed a range of classic big band tunes ranging from Dizzy Gillespie’s “Dizzy Atmosphere” to Coltrane’s “Giant Steps.” Check out the photos below and view the entire gallery.

Brian Baxter Promoted to Chief Operating Officer
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To further support the growth and vision of CYSO, the Board of Directors has promoted Director of Operations Brian Baxter to the newly-created role of Chief Operating Officer. Baxter has been with CYSO since 2008 and currently oversees nearly 600 students in the organization’s on-site orchestra programs, as well as the organization’s Community Engagement Programs, which reach 2,500 students annually. …
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CYSO Announces Susan Lape as New Executive Director
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As some of our supporters may know, for the past six months CYSO has been conducting a national search for our new Executive Director. As the nation’s premier youth orchestra, it was no surprise that we received applications from many talented and qualified leaders in arts administration. Following a national search conducted by Arts Consulting Group, we are pleased to share that …
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Pharez Whitted Selected as Chicago Tribune “Chicagoan of the Year”
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CYSO Director of Jazz Pharez Whitted was selected as one of the Chicago Tribune‘s Chicagoans of the Year. In the article by Howard Rheich, Whitted discusses the ups and downs he experienced in 2016, citing his new position at CYSO as one of the highlights. Speaking of the impressive commitment he’s already seen from the student musicians of CYSO’s new Jazz Orchestra, …
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Thank You for a Great 2016!
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As the year comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all that happened at CYSO over the past year. From new students to new orchestras, 2016 was full of big things, and none of it would have been possible without our amazing community of supporters. So thank YOU for a wonderful 2016, and here’s to an …
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Meet the Conductor: Allen Tinkham, Music Director
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Allen Tinkham is one of CYSO’s longest serving staff members, having held the position of Music Director for 16 seasons. Under his direction, CYSO has won nine ASCAP awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music and premiered many works by contemporary composers. As conductor of CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra, he has toured the world with young musicians and collaborated with popular …
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AidanSinclair Daniels Performs with Quartet for First Lady Michelle Obama
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Debut Orchestra violinist AidanSinclair Daniels recently played a concert for a very special audience– the First Lady of the United States! AidenSinclair is part of Perfect Fourth String Quartet, which played at the White House on November 15 the celebrate Sphinx Organization’s 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation’s highest honor for creative youth development programs. Sphinx is …
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