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Alumni Interview: Emma Gerstein

Emma Gerstein joined CYSO as a high school sophomore back in 2002. At the time, playing the flute was simply a hobby among many other things the high schooler from Hyde Park liked to do, but not something she expected to devote her career to. Fast forward 15 years and Emma has played with New World Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, the Auckland …
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Jack Boettcher Wins Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition

Thursday evening, the final round of Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Concerto Competition was held at the Fine Arts Building. From 22 first round competitors, six finalists competed in the finals, including Rachel Hsu (violin), Cristina Cuibancan (violin), Rabia Brooke (violin), Jack Boettcher (cello), Duncan Steele (viola), and Jennifer Wang (flute). The competition this year was fierce, with each of the six students …
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CYSO 70th Anniversary Celebration Breaks Previous Fundraising Records

The CYSO 70th Anniversary Celebration took place Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the Four Seasons Chicago. A glamorous celebration of the music of James Bond, the event was dubbed “0070th.” As CYSO’s largest fundraising event of the year, the gala broke previous records, raising $365,000 for our music training and education programs. Highlights of the evening included internationally-acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine, who joined …
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Meet the Conductor: Dana Green, Debut Orchestra Conductor

If there’s such a thing as an “honorary alum,” Dana Green would be it. Though he wasn’t himself a member of CYSO, Dana’s father Michael Green was a percussionist with CYSO back in the 1960’s (and then went on to serve as timpanist with the Grant Park Symphony for more than 40 seasons). Dana didn’t play with CYSO as a young …
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Packed House for Jazz Orchestra’s First Concert

CYSO’s new Jazz Orchestra took the stage the Chicago’s legendary Jazz Showcase on a cold Wednesday night in January. Playing to a sold out crowd, the 25 young musicians performed a range of classic big band tunes ranging from Dizzy Gillespie’s “Dizzy Atmosphere” to Coltrane’s “Giant Steps.” Check out the photos below and view the entire gallery.


Brian Baxter Promoted to Chief Operating Officer

To further support the growth and vision of CYSO, the Board of Directors has promoted Director of Operations Brian Baxter to the newly-created role of Chief Operating Officer. Baxter has been with CYSO since 2008 and currently oversees nearly 600 students in the organization’s on-site orchestra programs, as well as the organization’s Community Engagement Programs, which reach 2,500 students annually. …
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