Illinois Council of Orchestras (ICO) has awarded Karen Hoag the Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of her exemplary service to CYSO over her many years of involvement with the Parent Partners. Karen has served as President of the CYSO Parent Partners since 2013, leading a team of volunteers who support the students, families, and staff of the organization. CYSO depends on parent volunteers to make each season successful and to share our work in the community. In her role as President, she also serves as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors, representing the needs of the parents and families. As the parent of a current student and an alumnus, Karen has been an amazing advocate and supporter of CYSO for nearly a decade.