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Arts in Education Week: Maestro Tinkham on the Importance of Arts Ed

For Arts in Education Week, CYSO Music Director Allen Tinkham shares his thoughts on the influence arts education had on him as a young person and why he believes that experiencing and participating in the arts can create a more compassionate world. Why are the arts important in education? The arts bring everything together, reinforcing the study of all other subjects. …
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Arts in Education Week: CYSO Education Concerts

As part of our celebration of Arts In Education Week, we’re taking a look at CYSO’s Education Concerts, which engage thousands of CPS students each season. Each season, CYSO musicians perform Education Concerts for Chicago Public Schools students around the city. These free performances are an opportunity for younger students to attend a live concert, and are often their first experience …
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Arts in Education Week: Human Beings, Not Human Doings

“Be a human being, not a human doing.” Imagine a room filled with 100+ teenagers. It’s nearly the end of rehearsal, and everybody’s been playing for 4+ hours now. The exhaustion is almost tangible; notes are no longer as loud as they were, backs are no longer as straight as they were, everybody is tired. But of course, rehearsal must …
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Practice Tips for Young Musicians

Practice is something that unites all musicians. From beginning players just learning their fingering to seasoned musicians performing for sold out audiences, they each need to practice. Not all practice is created equal, however, and as you grow as a musician you learn that even practice takes practice! We’ve put together five great resources that will help you make sure …
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Solar Eclipse Soundtrack

For the first time in almost a century, a total solar eclipse—where the moon blocks the sun entirely—takes over the skies over North America on Monday, August 21. While those downstate near Carbondale will have the region’s best views, here in Chicago the moon will block 87% of the sun (weather permitting!). The eclipse will take place from approximately noon …
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Danielle Calloway Named to 2017 Fifth Star Honors’ Rising Star Honor Roll

2017 graduate Danielle Calloway has been named to Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ (DCASE) 2017 Rising Star Honor Roll. Recognizing 25 outstanding young artists from around Chicago, the honor roll recognizes creative leadership, passion, and exceptional skill in the arts. Calloway was nominated by CYSO to recognition of her exemplary musicianship and leadership over the past nine …
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