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Nine CYSO Students Accepted to New CMPI Cohort

Congratulations to the nine CYSO students recently accepted to the new Chicago Musical Pathways (CMPI) cohort! As a member of the CMPI Advisory Council, we are is proud to be part of this city-wide effort to build a robust training pathway to professional orchestra careers for talented young musicians from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in classical music. The nine …
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Rafael Noriega & Aidan Daniels Accepted to National Youth Orchestra

Congratulations to Symphony Orchestra members Rafael Noriega and Aidan Daniels on their acceptance to this year’s National Youth Orchestra (NYO)! Bass trombonist Rafael Noriega has been a member of CYSO since 2018, performing in Philharmonic before joining Symphony Orchestra. He is a senior at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy in Chicago. Last summer, Rafael participated in the NYO-USA program and …
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Asian Circles of Community Care

A note from CYSO partner Andrew Hong of New Roots: Growing Anti-Racist & Anti-Bias Communities Due to the recent rise in Anti-Asian violence, further amplified by the hateful shooting in Atlanta that included six Asian women, the Asian community is sharing a deep pain. While it is so critical to confront the racism that continues to cause such violence, it …
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Two Chamber Groups Awarded at Charleston International Music Competition

Congratulations to CYSO Chamber Music ensembles Soto Voce String Quartet and Caesura Duet on their success at the Winter 2021 Charleston International Music Competition!  Bianca Ciubancan and Joshua Wolford (violins), Tessa Olson (viola), and Elijah Park (cello), who comprise the Soto Voce Quartet, are members of Symphony Orchestra. Their performance of String Quartet No. 2 in D Major by Bordin earned …
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Under Her Baton: Celebrating Women Conductors

This Women’s History Month, we wanted to shine a light on a few of the women conductors who are breaking the mold at the top of their field. CYSO is proud to have two highly accomplished women conductors on staff—Director of String Ensembles Daniella Valdez at the head of Accelerando Strings and Preparatory Strings, as well as Assistant Director of …
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CYSO Introduces Promises & Requests to Increase Accountability and Build Community

When writing CYSO’s Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion statement, the question the team heard repeatedly was “What does this look like at CYSO?” In response, we created “CYSO Promises and Requests” as one way we’re answering that question. Our EDI statement outlines why we work for equity, diversity, and inclusion, and these Promises & Requests are one way we’re sharing what …
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