Congratulations to our 2020 Graduates - Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

Congratulations to our 2020 Graduates

None of us could’ve imagined the world we’d be living in this spring, especially members of the class of 2020. We know that this was not the senior year or graduation season envisioned by any of our seniors, yet we’ve all been touched and impressed by the creativity shown through video performances, drive-by graduation ceremonies, and the many virtual events created to give this year’s grads the send-off they deserve. To the class of 2020: your energy, talents, and hard work will not soon be forgotten and we’re so excited to see what you’ll do next. 



Suleyman Ahmed | Columbia University – Sustainable Development
Karim Al Zahabi | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Biochemistry
William Ao | The Ohio State University – Biomedical Engineering
Katherine Austin | Northwestern University – Biology
Heather Auwerda | Iowa State – Business
Harryson Azank | North Central College – Business
Justin Banks | University of Illinois at Chicago – Integrated Health Studies
Francis Bassett-Dilley | Indiana University – Jazz Studies
Daniel Benedict | Curtis Institute of Music – Harp Performance
Ben Blaesing | Eastman School of Music – Percussion Performance
Ella Bohlman | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Psychology
Hannah Briones | Washington University in St. Louis – Political Science
Eric Butler | Eastman School of Music – Clarinet Performance
David Caballero | Illinois State University – Music Education
Julia Carlson | University of Notre Dame – Biochemistry
Bailey Cates | Indiana University – Trumpet Performance
Tori Cavey | University of Central Florida – Music Education
Elizabeth Chang | Syracuse University – Informatics
Hanur Choi | Purdue University – History
Raleigh Clemens | Cornell University – Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science
Jonah Cohen | Indiana University – Jazz Studies and Computer Science
Shane Cox | Indiana University – Music Education
Faith Cramer | Indiana University – Trombone Performance and Mathematics
Hila Dahari | New England Conservatory – Violin Performance
Ava Dahnke | Northwestern University – Chemical Engineering
Andy Danbury | University of Michigan – Engineering
Carolina Diaz | University of North Texas – Music Performance
Shea Dickinson | St. Olaf College – Mathematics and Economics
Aileen Duran | University of St.Francis – Nursing
Rebecca Edmunson | University of Iowa – Accounting
Alette Eide | University of California Los Angeles – Psychobiology
Stefan Filip | Northwestern University – Music Performance and Computer Science
Glenn Foley | University of Notre Dame – Music and Engineering
Jordan Garbaciak | University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign – Oboe Performance and Music Education
Jane Hanneman | University of Cincinnati CCM – Double Bass Performance
Nathaniel Harcar | Gap Year – Classical Composition
Emily He | Yale University – Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Calvin Horsley | University of North Texas – Jazz Studies
Emilija Irvin | DePaul University – Bassoon Performance and History
Karthik Iyer | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Physics and Pre-Med
Rohan Iyer | Purdue University – Aerospace Engineering
Eric Jacobsen | U.S. Navy – Computer Science
Logan Jawgiel | Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University – Bassoon Performance
Kevin Jin | Vanderbilt University – Engineering
Julia Kaniuk | Loyola University of Chicago – Biochemistry
Ava Kassinger | Indiana University – Speech and Hearing Sciences
Samia Khan | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Biology
Natalia Kozinteseva | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Flute Performance and CS Linguistics
Johanna Kramer | University of Iowa – Viola Performance and Music Education
Emma Krause | Northwestern University – Flute Performance
Noah Kublank | Undecided – Violin Performance
Mason Lampa | DePaul University – Jazz Studies
Ryanne Lee | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Chemical Engineering
Meg Lock | Temple University – Jazz Performance
Olive Loentz | Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University – Viola Performance
Abby Lopez | DePaul University – Bassoon Performance
Lauren Makinney | Indiana University – Double Bass Performance
Jessica Mann | Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Molecular Biology
Reed McKay | University of Illinois at Chicago – Viola Performance
Evan McMahon | Dartmouth College – Cognitive Science
Antonio Mestas | Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design – Illustration
Mia Miglore | University of Hartford – Music Production and Technology, Acoustical Engineering and Music
Samantha Mitchell | University of Missouri-Kansas City – Flute Performance
Charlie Mueller | Indiana University – Cello Performance
Garrett Munz | DePaul University – Jazz Studies
Andrew Nisipeanu | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Biochemistry, Pre-Med
Zoe O’Shaghnessy | Indiana University – Harp Performance
Ariana O’Connell | University of Southern California – Violin Performance
Cal O’Connor | Creighton University – Music, Pre-Med
Jack O’Mahoney | Illinois State University – Music Education
Hitomi Ono | Case Western Reserve University – Undecided
Kevin Opena | Northwestern University – Bassoon Performance and Music Education
Lia Palombo-Schall | Oberlin College – Biochemistry
Rufus Parenti | DePaul University – Jazz Performance
Amanda Perez | Northern Illinois University – Music Performance
Alejandro Pulido | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Music and Business
Emilia Ramos | Saint Xavier University/ Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine – Music and Biology
Catherine Ramsey | Southern Methodist University – Harp Performance, Pre-Law
Sergio Romero Castro | DePaul University – Music Education
Gabrielle Rona | Moraine Community College – English
Katherine Sawin | Cornell University – Operations Research and Engineering
Molly Schuster | St. Olaf College – Music Performance
Anastasia Severson | Butler University – Music, Chemistry
Maria Shaughnessy | Barnard College of Columbia University – Music
Marta Sikora | Gustavus Adolphus College – Music Education
Krzysztof Solis | Roosevelt University – Music Education
Elaina Spiro | Boston Conservatory at Berklee – Music Performance
Charlotte Stefani | The Ohio State University – Music Education
Nathan Steltzer | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – Undecided
Oliver Talukder | Curtis Institute of Music – Oboe Performance
Chris Tam | University of Michigan – Trombone Performance
Miles Teague | Eastman School of Music – Horn Performance
Nicole Tong | Stanford University – Undecided
Louis Vacha | Gap Year – Trumpet Performance
Logan Wooden | Gap Year – Trumpet Performance and Trombone Performance
Eric Yang | San Francisco Conservatory of Music – Cello Performance
Claire Yu | Stanford University – Mathematical and Computational Sciences
Erin Yuan | Harvard University – Chemistry
Natalie Zajczenko | Case Western Reserve University – Biochemistry and Music
Emily Zwijack | Roosevelt University – Violin Performance and Music Education

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