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CYSO Welcomes Scott McConnell as Steel Orchestras Director

  CYSO is excited to share that Scott McConnell will be taking the lead in our Steel Orchestras program, moving into the role of Director effective this month. Scott has been with CYSO since 2014, serving as Steel Orchestras Assistant during that time.  “I’m thrilled to begin as director with CYSO’s steel program,” Scott said.  “I’ve watched it grow over the …
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Sean Ford’s Creative Tour Fundraising

 Back in the fall, the Chicago Tribune‘s Daily Southtown ran a story about Symphony Orchestra french horn player and Tinley Park High School senior Sean Ford. Sean will be joining CYSO on our June 2019 Tour of the Baltics and had come up with a unique fundraising strategy to help cover the cost—creating his own raffle. By going door-to-door selling tickets in his …
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Spring Repertoire Spotify Playlists Are Here!

We’ve made it easier than ever to listen to some of the pieces CYSO students will play this spring—check out our Spotify playlist to get a preview of the diverse repertoire our students will be tackling over the next few months! Pro tip: If you’re a student, these playlists are a great way to prep for rehearsal and perfect for …
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Alumni Interview: 2012 Alum Michael Cox Talks About the Journey to his First Professional Appointment

Trombonist Michael Cox was a member of CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra in 2012 during his senior year of high school. After attending New England Conservatory of Music for undergrad and completing his Masters in 2018 at Northwestern, he began auditioning for orchestras across the country. As it turned out, the Skokie-native was appointed to his first professional position as principal trombone …
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CYSO 2018 Highlights: YAS! Fest Performance with Chicago Children’s Choir

As 2018 draws to a close, we’re highlighting some of our favorite moments of the year here at CYSO. Check out the full series here. Shortly after our new season started in the fall, we had the opportunity to celebrate Chicago’s Year of Creative Youth by kicking off the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Event’s YAS! (Youth Arts Showcase) …
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CYSO 2018 Highlights: Jazz Orchestra Plays Chicago Jazz Fest

As 2018 draws to a close, we’re highlighting some of our favorite moments of the year here at CYSO. Check out the full series here. Chicago Jazz Fest celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018, and we were thrilled that members of our Jazz Orchestra performed at the event for the very first time. Invited by the Jazz Institute, nine CYSO …
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