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Spring Education Concerts

This season, CYSO Community Partnership Programs are on track to reach more than 8,000 Chicago Public School students from throughout the city of Chicago. A big part of that reach includes our Education Concerts, which present free performances by CYSO orchestras to students during their school day. As part of these concerts, CYSO musicians create and present interactive programming about …
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Chamber Orchestra Thrills in Final Performance

CYSO’s new Chamber Orchestra ended its pilot season in a thrilling performance of Schubert’s Symphony no. 2 on April 10 in Curtiss Hall. The new Chamber Orchestra is focused on enriching Chicago’s cultural landscape through performances aimed at social impact. The Chamber Orchestra serves as a leadership development incubator for members of Symphony Orchestra, focusing on developing empathetic and informed student …
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Philharmonic Orchestra and Classical Kids LIVE! Sell Out Chicago Premiere of “Gershwin’s Magic Key”

CYSO’s Philharmonic Orchestra recently teamed up with Classical Kids Music Education’s popular Classical Kids LIVE! for the sold-out Chicagoland premiere of Gershwin’s Magic Key. This theatrically-staged performance combined live actors and an educational symphonic concert to celebrate the work of legendary American composer George Gershwin. Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Maestro Terrance Gray, performed more than twenty of Gershwin’s most popular …
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Four CYSO Students Named to Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra

The 2018 National Youth Orchestra roster was announced this week, and we’re thrilled to share that four CYSO students are included in this year’s group!  Congratulations to Quincey Trojanowski, bassoon; Sam Stout, trumpet; Megan Martin, trombone; and Nick Jack Agliata, who will serve as apprentice orchestra librarian and plays bassoon in Philharmonic Orchestra.  These four students will join more than 100 other …
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Audition Tips from CYSO Conductors

Auditioning is never easy, even for the most seasoned musicians. Whether you’re hoping for a spot in Preparatory Strings or the New York Philharmonic, playing in front of strangers who are there to judge your performance can be a nerve-wracking experience. Thankfully, performing under pressure often gets easier with practice, and there are plenty of things you can do to …
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2018 Concerto Competition Winners

We’re pleased to announce this year’s Concerto Competition winners for Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Concert Orchestra. Competition is fierce every season, but this year’s performances were particularly accomplished—for the first time, judges selected co-winners or honorable mentions in every category. Concerto Competition winners will perform at CYSO concerts during the 2018-2019 season, so stay tuned for details as concert programs …
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