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Tour of the Baltics 2019: Välkommen till Stockholm (Welcome to Stockholm)

CYSO’s 2019 Tour of the Baltics is well underway, and we’re featuring dispatches from the road written by members of the Social Media Team. Up first, violinist Nicole (Weirui) Tong shares her impressions of Stockholm, Sweden—from experiencing the Midsommar holiday celebrations to learning to play in a distinctly different concert hall, Nicole reflects on how Tour has already expanded her …
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Allen Tinkham Named Conductor of the Year by Illinois Council of Orchestras

Illinois Council of Orchestras (ICO) recently awarded Music Director Allen Tinkham its Conductor of the Year Award in recognition of his exemplary service to CYSO. Maestro Tinkham was presented with the award by Gregory Clemons at Symphony Orchestra’s spring concert at Orchestra Hall. Maestro Tinkham led Symphony Orchestra to great acclaim last season as one of the featured performers at …
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2019 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 2019’s award-winning students: Mollendorf Award Mollendorf Award is given to a graduating CYSO senior to support further musical study. It is given through an endowment fund by the late Jean …
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CYSO Awarded LAO Catalyst Fund Grant to Support Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Work

We are thrilled to announce that CYSO was recently awarded $25,000 to further our equity, diversity, and inclusion work through a Catalyst Fund grant from the League of American Orchestras (LAO), made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The one-year grant is intended to improve CYSO’s practices and organizational culture around inclusion and equity. “There is a growing will among …
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Symphony Orchestra Triumphs at Spring Concert at Orchestra Hall

Symphony Orchestra brought the house down at their spring concert at Orchestra Hall on Sunday, May 19th! Rousing and emotional performances from CYSO’s top ensemble, led by Music Director Allen Tinkham, had the crowd on their feet at multiple points throughout the evening. The evening began with an energetic performance of Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture by Philharmonic Orchestra, under the …
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McGill Brothers’ Album with CYSO Out Now

One of the highlights of CYSO’s 2017-18 season was the collaboration between members of our Symphony Orchestra and orchestral superstars (and CYSO alums!) Anthony and Demarre McGill. The album we recorded with them, Winged Creatures, is out now from Cedille Records! Anthony, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, and Demarre, principal flute at Seattle Symphony, came to Chicago over …
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