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Join us for CYSO’s Fall Virtual Concerts

CYSO students have been hard at work recording their performances for our virtual fall concerts, and you’re invited to the show! Join us Saturday, December 19th at 7:00 pm CST as we gather virtually to watch the premiere of each of our ensemble’s fall performance videos! Each season, tuition covers about 40% of the cost of CYSO’s programs and ticket …
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Thank You for a Record-Breaking Giving Tuesday!

From all of us at CYSO, thank you for your generosity this Giving Tuesday. We are overwhelmed from the support from our donors. Because of you, we shattered our goal, raising nearly $11,000 to support increased financial assistance for all of our families, direct technology support for our students’ virtual music education, and access to technology to showcase students’ hard work …
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Gershwin's Magic Key Cover Image Gershwin’s Magic Key Album Launch

We’re thrilled to announce the release of a brand new recording in partnership with Classical Kids Live. Classical Kids Series’ Gershwin’s Magic Key was performed by members of Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Allen Tinkham. Endorsed by the Gershwin Family Interests and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Gershwin’s Magic Key introduces young people to the …
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Catch Up on our Fall Virtual Masterclasses

Our final virtual masterclass of the fall will welcome world-renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine on Thursday, December 3rd on CYSO’s Facebook page. Pine is a highly-respected, chart-topping soloist and recording artist, and has performed around the world. She’s also a long-time friend and collaborator of CYSO, in addition to now being the parent of a CYSO musician! RSVP for the …
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Getting into College Workshop Goes Jazz

Our popular Getting into College workshop returns this month, this time tailored specifically to jazz musicians on Tuesday, November 24 at 5:00 pm live on CYSO’s Facebook page! We heard from our jazz students that the orchestral Getting into College content wasn’t always applicable to the particulars of the jazz admissions process, so we’ve gathered jazz higher ed pros from …
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19 CYSO Students Selected for New CMPI Cohort

Congratulations to the 19 CYSO students selected for this year’s Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) cohort. As a member of the CMPI Advisory Council, we are is proud to be part of this city-wide effort to build a robust training pathway for talented young musicians from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in classical music. Returning CYSO CMPI fellows include Symphony Orchestra’s Zachery …
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