CYSO Youth Symphony Chicago
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About CYSO

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras has provided music education through orchestral programs and performance opportunities of the highest caliber since 1946.

CYSO serves more than 600 students ages 6-18 through four full orchestras, three string orchestras, steel orchestras, jazz orchestra, and supplemental programs including chamber music ensembles and composition. CYSO musicians receive superb orchestral and chamber music instruction from Chicago’s most respected professional musicians, perform in the world’s greatest concert halls, and gain the self-confidence and discipline necessary for a successful future.

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Upcoming Shows & Events
September 26, 2019
Masterclass Series: Getting into College 101
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September 29, 2019
CYSO College Fair
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October 19, 2019
CYSO Open House | Saturday Programs
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Discover Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras


CYSO serves nearly 600 students ages 6-18 through four full orchestras, three string orchestras, steel orchestras, jazz orchestra, and supplemental programs. Musicians receive superb instruction and gain the skills necessary for a successful future.

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CYSO auditions are open to students who will be high school seniors or younger. Auditions for the upcoming season happen each spring. Tuition assistance is available for all programs for families with financial need.

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The best way to experience CYSO is to attend an event! From our annual fundraising gala, free community concerts, performances at Symphony Center’s venerable Orchestra Hall, we offer something for everyone.

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CYSO alumni play in the world’s finest orchestras and ensembles, as well many other respected professions. Regardless of whether they pursues further music studies, CYSO students leave with skills that will serve them for a lifetime.

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College Events in September at CYSO

We’ve dubbed the week of September 22 “College Week” at CYSO in honor of the two great events that are planned to get you thinking about higher ed. Check out on or both events, and bring a friend! Coming up on Thursday, September 26 from 6:00-8:30 pm is our ever-popular “Getting Into College 101” masterclass. The event includes everything you …
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Printable Season Calendar Now Available

  Hot off the presses, CYSO’s printable season calendar is now available! Stay up to date on all of our upcoming concerts, events, and workshops so you never miss a thing. Downloadable and print one for yourself or pick up a copy at rehearsal this weekend. Pro tip: The calendar looks great on your fridge  Download yours now!

Welcome to the 2019-2020 Season!

The hallways were humming over the weekend as we officially kicked off the first rehearsals of CYSO’s 2019-2020 season! We’re thrilled to have nearly 650 young musicians as part of our on-site ensembles this year and look forward to serving thousands more young Chicagoans through our Community Engagement programming. Here’s a few of the exciting projects we’re looking forward to in the …
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CYSO’s Keith Calloway Named to Chicago’s Rising Star Honor Roll

We’re pleased to announce that Keith Calloway has been recognized by the City of Chicago as a member of the 2019 Rising Star Honor Roll. Presented by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Keith was honored along with 35 other young Chicagoans who’ve made contributions to the city through music, theatre, dance, visual …
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