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Thank You for a Record-Breaking Virtual Gala

Just one week ago, the entire CYSO community gathered to celebrate the sounds and stories of our young musicians at the 2021 Virtual Gala: Sounds Across Chicago. We laughed, we cheered, and some of us may have even shed a few tears watching students gathered for the the first time in months to perform together at some of the city’s …
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Audition Deadline Extended, Early Birds Get the Goody Box

Given the challenges of this year, we are extending the deadline to register for an audition to be part of next season’s CYSO ensembles. The last day to register for an audition for the 21/22 season is now Wednesday, April 7. Once registered, you will receive more information via email about how to submit your audition video. The audition video …
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CYSO Education Concerts Go Virtual

Like many things, field trips look different this school year. Normally CYSO welcomes thousands of CPS students to Education Concerts with our ensembles at the Studebaker Theater and Chicago Cultural Center, as well as engaging hundreds more with in-school performances presented by our Ambassadors chamber groups. While in-person gatherings haven’t been possible this year, with a little creativity and the …
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Songs of Soothing Combats Isolation with Music

The drive to use their talents to make the world a better place is a common trait among CYSO students. A great example is harpist Nancy Zhou, who recently spoke with CYSO Social Media Team member Brielle Dukovac about the organization she created that uses music to combat isolation. Over the past year, something everyone at CYSO has learned first …
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ATLYS Quartet on the “Magic” of CYSO Student Compositions

Each year, CYSO’s Composition Seminar student works are performed, sometimes by one of CYSO’s ensembles or by a professional chamber group. In January, we enlisted the help of ATLYS quartet to record 24 of our students’  fall semester compositions. Though the recordings were originally only meant to share with our students and community, ATLYS was so impressed with the pieces …
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How to Watch our Virtual Gala on March 6

The 2021 CYSO Virtual Gala: Sounds Across Chicago is coming up quickly! If you haven’t already, mark your calendar for Saturday, March 6 at 7:00 pm CST, with a pre-show hosted by CYSO students beginning at 6:40 pm. You won’t want to miss a single moment of the four dazzling performances or stories from the past year of music making. …
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