CYSO Events Coming Up at IMEC 2018


January 24-27 is the annual Illinois Music Education Conference (IMEC) and CYSO is excited to have an expanded presence this year including performances, a panel discussion, reception, and, of course, our booth. Check out all the events we’ve got planned!



2018 IMEC Opening Night Concert

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 8:00 pm
Peoria Civic Center | $5 admission

CYSO’s Symphony Orchestra is honored to present the IMEC opening night performance. Under the direction of Maestro Tinkham, our students will perform the program recently presented at Orchestra Hall, including Tower, Shostakovich, Roustom, Boulanger, and Britten. This event is open to the public, so if you’re near Peoria we encourage you to join us for what’s sure to be a wonderful evening of music!

CYSO Booth at IMEC

Thursday, January 25 through Saturday, January 27
Peoria Civic Center, Booth 243

Stop by CYSO’s booth to speak with staff, learn about our programs, and take home some swag!


Masterclass with Avalon Quartet featuring CYSO’s Trēximo Quartet

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 1:45 pm
Peoria Civic Center, Room 404/405
Open to conference attendees

 Trēximo Quartet will perform the first movement of Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 2, Op. 13. Members include Symphony Orchestra members Ida Claude and Audrey Shadle on violin, Lucile Boyd on viola, and Kjelden Breidenback on cello. The quartet is coached by Aimee Biasiello.


CYSO Alumni and Teacher Reception

Friday, January 26, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm
Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette/Coutryard Peoria Downtown, Illinois Room

Our first ever IMEC reception, join us to hobnob with CYSO alumni, staff, and music professionals from across the state. Open to all teachers, directors, and CYSO alumni.


CYSO Panel Discussion: Stronger Together: Connecting Public School Music Programs and Youth Orchestras

Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11:00 am
Peoria Civic Center, Room 210/211
Open to conference attendees

Public school music programs and youth orchestra programs share a common goal: educating students through ensemble-based instrumental music training.  Student musicians stand to benefit tremendously from the opportunity to participate in both their school program and a youth orchestra program.  Through this panel discussion our goal is for attendees to come away with a better understanding of the benefits to a school program when students participate in a youth orchestra program as well how youth orchestra programs benefit from the student having the opportunity to participate in band or orchestra in their school.  Both of these programs have a unique and valuable impact on a student’s learning and musical experience and together their impact is stronger together.

Moderated by ILMEA President Brayer Teague and featuring panelists David Commanday, Central Illinois Youth Symphony; Maura Brown, Elk Grove Village High School; Theresa Goh, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra; Allen Tinkham, CYSO; and Daniella Valdez, CYSO and Maine West High School.


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