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College Week at CYSO

September 23-30 is CYSO College Week! Join us on Thursday 9/27 and Sunday 9/30 for great events to answer all your burning questions about higher ed. GETTING INTO COLLEGE 101 THURS, SEPT 27 | 6:00 – 8:30 PM Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of college applications? Our popular Getting Into College 101 masterclass includes everything you need to know about …
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Download the 18/19 Season Calendar

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 🙂


Welcome to the 2018-2019 Season!

The rep is ready, hallways are humming, and our 2018-2019 season is officially underway! We’re thrilled to have 650 young musicians as part of our on-site ensembles this year and look forward to serving thousands more young Chicagoans through our Community Partnership programming. Here’s a few of the exciting projects we’re looking forward to in the upcoming season: Philharmonic Orchestra, …
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CYSO to Kick Off YAS! Fest at Pritzker Pavilion

CYSO will join forces with Chicago Children’s Choir for a free concert in Pritzker Pavilion on Saturday, September 22 that will also be live broadcast on WFMT’s Introductions. YAS! Fest (Youth Arts Showcase Festival) is a day-long celebration presented by Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. It will feature performances from young Chicago creatives from across the city, …
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2019 Tour Announcement: We’re Headed to the Baltics!

It’s official: Our 2019 Symphony Orchestra Tour will be headed to northern Europe for a concert tour of the Baltics! With stops in Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; and St. Petersburg, Russia, students will perform in world-class venues, learn about the culture of these historic cities, and make memories to last a lifetime. “Tour, perhaps more than any CYSO experience, offers …
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Giacomo Glotzer Reflects on What He Learned in a Decade with CYSO

CYSO is more than just music. For many students, it offers not only the chance to play with other musicians at an extraordinarily high musical level, but also valuable experiences and life lessons. Playing in an orchestra sets students up for lives and careers in all fields. Giacomo Glotzer recently graduated from high school at the University of Chicago Laboratory …
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