Solar Eclipse Soundtrack

For the first time in almost a century, a total solar eclipse—where the moon blocks the sun entirely—takes over the skies over North America on Monday, August 21. While those downstate near Carbondale will have the region’s best views, here in Chicago the moon will block 87% of the sun (weather permitting!). The eclipse will take place from approximately noon …
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Danielle Calloway Named to 2017 Fifth Star Honors’ Rising Star Honor Roll

2017 graduate Danielle Calloway has been named to Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ (DCASE) 2017 Rising Star Honor Roll. Recognizing 25 outstanding young artists from around Chicago, the honor roll recognizes creative leadership, passion, and exceptional skill in the arts. Calloway was nominated by CYSO to recognition of her exemplary musicianship and leadership over the past nine …
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Director of Strings Daniella Valdez Interviewed

CYSO Director of String Ensembles Daniella Valdez was recently featured on city guide site Voyage Chicago. In the interview, Valdez talks about her role at CYSO and how an elementary school music program influenced her to become an educator. “Public school music shaped me, kept me excited about going to school, made forever friends and taught me the art of …
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Thank You for a Fantastic 70th Anniversary Season!

Our 70th anniversary season has officially come to an end. From high-profile performances, exciting collaborations, new leadership, and more, it’s definitely been a year to remember. This season CYSO expanded our programs to include two new on-site ensembles: Philharmonic Orchestra, an advanced ensemble for primarily high school students, and the new high school-level Jazz Orchestra. Longtime Associate Conductor Terrance Malone Gray was tapped to lead …
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CYSO Tour: Czech Radio Interview

During our tour stop in Prague back in June, percussionist Frederick McClure and CYSO Executive Director Susan Lape sat down for an interview with Czech Radio prior to our concert Dvořák Hall. Brush up on your Czech and listen to the interview below!    

CYSO Tour: Unity Through Music

As we plan the experiences students will participate in on tour, allowing them the chance to engage with peers from the country we’re visiting is always high on the list. Violist Xinru Li writes about two experiences from our 2017 Tour of Central Europe where CYSO students had the opportunity to meet other young musicians from Prague and a fellow touring youth orchestra …
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