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How to Take Your Own Music Headshot

Even as a student musician, a quality headshot is a great asset to have, whether you’re entering a competition or getting a write-up in the newspaper. And while going to a professional photographer will of course yield the best results, it’s not always an option for every young player. Luckily, with a few simple tips, you can achieve a professional …
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2021 Music Inspiration Award: Nicholas Lambert

Each year, our student-nominated Music Inspiration Award honors a school band/orchestra director or and private teacher who inspire and encourage their students. This year’s award us presented to Somonauk High School’s Nicholas Lambert, nominated by Concert Orchestra’s Brielle Dukovac. Nicholas Lambert is in his third year as the band director for Somonauk CUSD 432 in Somonauk, IL. Mr. Lambert teaches …
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2021 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 our 2021 student award winners: 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 …
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CYSO Brings the Music to Navy Pier

The weather may have been a bit temperamental, but it didn’t stop CYSO musicians from bringing the energy as we celebrated a weekend of performances at Navy Pier! More than 600 students performed 23 separate open rehearsals for CYSO at the Pier, stretching across two stages throughout the day Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23. Cheered on by enthusiastic …
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Spring Concerts Mix Live & Virtual Performances on June 12

CYSO is gearing up for our final performance of the year! Join us online on Saturday, June 12 at 5:00 pm CST for our spring virtual concert. While the concerts themselves will debut online, we were thrilled to capture live video and audio performances from many of our young musicians over the past few weeks. The final videos will include …
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How Indian Classical Music Connects CYSO Violinist with Her Heritage

As we celebrate Asian-American and Pacific Islander Month throughout the month of May, is a great opportunity to reflect on the musical experiences that can help connect individuals to their ancestral heritage. Traditional music one way to grow both as a musician, as well as expand our cultural understanding. Carnatic music, a type of Indian classical music, originated from South …
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