Masterclass with Matthew Lipman, 2009 CYSO Alum

Join CYSO on Friday, June 26 at 5:00 pm CST for a masterclass with 2009 alum, violist Matthew Lipman! Tune in on CYSO’s Facebook page as Matthew works with CYSO violists and answers your questions live. No account is necessary to watch—just visit   About Matthew American violist Matthew Lipman, praised by the New York Times for his “rich tone and elegant phrasing,” …
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Summer Music Activities Database

Although these unprecedented times may have changed your summer plans, many music programs are offering virtual opportunities to learn and collaborate from home. We have compiled a list of resources outlining a number of summer music opportunities. From the Curtis Institute of Music to the American Music Institute, young musicians of all ages are invited to attend far-away camps and …
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2020 Student Award Winners

Each year, CYSO presents awards to students who have distinguished themselves throughout the season and during their time in our ensembles. Chosen by our artistic and administrative staff, here are 2020’s award-winning students: MOLLENDORF AWARD The Mollendorf Award is given to a graduating CYSO senior to support further musical study. It is given through an endowment fund by the late …
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Thank You for Joining Us for CYSO Week!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for CYSO Week! We are so grateful for the support of the CYSO community throughout this spring as we shifted gears to give our students the end of the year send-off they deserve.  CYSO Week was the culmination of our 2019/2020 season—a fitting end to another exciting, and at times unexpected, year of …
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CYSO Week featured on Inside Edition

We were thrilled to see that our Beethoven virtual orchestra performance was recently featured on the nationally-syndicated program Inside Edition. The feature—which included performances from members of Overture Strings, Preparatory Strings, and Debut Orchestra—aired at the closing of the Friday, June 12 broadcast. Check out the piece below! 

WGN Featuring CYSO Week Virtual Performances

Our CYSO Week celebrations and virtual year-end performances were recently featured on the WGN evening news. Anchor Lourdes Duarte, a champion of CYSO who hosted our 2018 and 2020 Gala, put together the piece featuring clips from ensemble’s virtual performances and interviews with Maestro Tinkham and Symphony Orchestra students Abby Lopez, Catherine Ramsey, and Oliver Talukder.  The story explores …
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