News Archives - Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

CYSO Unveils New Mural Celebrating Young Musicians

As the pandemic left the majority of CYSO’s spaces empty in spring and summer 2021, we took the opportunity to do a little beautification. After many months of hard work, […]

Accolades and Awards for “Gershwin’s Magic Key”

Earlier this year, we shared the exciting news about the release of “Gershwin’s Magic Key,” a new album from Classical Kids Live! featuring CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra. This family-friendly exploration of […]

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Playlist

This Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we’re celebrating with a playlist of music by Native American composers. Members of CYSO’s Social Media Team collaborated on this wide-ranging collection of works, highlighting not […]

Students Reflect on Returning to In-Person Rehearsals

After one and a half seasons of remote or pod rehearsals, CYSO students are thrilled to finally be back in the Fine Arts Building. Social media team and Concert Orchestra […]

Panel of Experts Discusses “Getting Into College 101”

Our popular “Getting into College 101” workshop returned for 2021, taking place live on Facebook on Oct 6. Aimed at families who are beginning to navigate the college music admissions […]

Alumni Spotlight: Sonja Thoms, ’97

As part of our 75th Anniversary celebrations this season, we are catching up with some of CYSO’s amazing alumni who are making an impact both on and off the stage. […]

Kicking Off the School Year at CYSO@CPS Sites

Music education is inequitably distributed and not all young people have access to resources, such as instruments or music lessons, in their schools or neighborhoods. Across the city of Chicago, […]

photo collage of Hispanic-Latinx composers

Celebrating Hispanic & Latinx Composers

In honor of Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, celebrated from September 15 to October 15, we’re highlighting the lives and work of a few prominent Hispanic and Latinx composers. We […]

The First A’s of the Season

The halls of the Fine Arts Building were filled with music once again as we welcomed students for in-person rehearsals over the past week. After more than a year and […]

Steelpan students rehearsing at CYSO

Navigating Your First CYSO Rehearsal

The 2021-2022 season is near! As we prepare to open our doors for in-person rehearsal again, we know students will be filled with excitement, and probably a few questions, too. […]

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