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Debut Orchestra’s London Jordan Creates Artwork for CYSO Events

CYSO’s 2024 spring concerts are just around the corner, and you may have noticed brand-new graphics featured on our event calendar. Last fall, we invited CYSO students to participate in a contest to find artwork for our new year’s card. Debut Orchestra’s french horn player London Jordan sent in the design pictured below, a horn player surrounded by colorful, swirling musical notes. Though the design wasn’t quite right for the new year’s card, we loved it so much that we asked her to create a series of illustrations to use for this spring’s concerts. Read on to get to know London, her passion for art and music, and her experience as a first year CYSO student.

London’s submission for the CYSO 2024 New Year Card

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is London and I’m 12 years old. I live just outside of Chicago in Oak Park. Right now I’m in 7th grade and play French horn in CYSO’s Debut Orchestra. Realy, I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember! Only now have I been getting a little more serious about my art, but it’s been a hobby of mine ever since I could pick up even a crayon.

I know this is your first year in CYSO—why did you decide to audition and what has been your favorite part so far?

I decided to join CYSO because my mom thought it would be a fun thing to try and because it would be good to experience playing in an orchestra instead of band. I had no idea how transforming it would be to work with tons of other people to create and weave beautiful music together! My favorite part so far has been all of the people I met along the way because without the people, even the music itself just wouldn’t seem like enough.

London’s illustrations are featured for each spring student concert on the CYSO website’s event page

Do you have a favorite artist? Where do you find your inspiration?

I don’t have a specific favorite artist, but I like to look up digital art from online creators for ideas and compare them to see how I can improve my drawings. None of my images are based on anybody I know, but my inspiration just comes from the fact that I believe everybody should be represented. This is why I pictured people of all races, genders, ethnicities, etc. in the artwork for the concert page thumbnails.

What is a piece you are looking forward to playing at CYSO?

My favorite piece that the Debut Orchestra is playing right now is Bacchanale by Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns. I love how each instrument is featured in different parts of the song. The piece itself is very lively and flowing, and I’ve always liked faster pieces.

Illustration of a CYSO steelpan player

Do you think there’s any connection between your art and music?

Actually, I do. Most of the time, I listen to music while I create pretty much anything, alternating through a lot of different styles. Because of this, I often associate music with making art. Music and art are two of my favorite things ever, and being able to combine them into one has just been the most amazing experience.

London’s illustration for CYSO’s Jazz Orchestra

What else do you love doing outside of making art and playing music?

Outside of music and art, I really just like creating in general, like hands-on projects. I try to keep myself as busy as possible because in my way of thinking, I’ve only got one life, so why not use it doing the things I enjoy? A couple of other pastimes of mine include reading, writing, playing sports and/or video games, and recently, learning languages (thanks, Duolingo).

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I just want to say that CYSO is such a remarkable thing. It’s one of the highlights of my weekends, because as well as being able to go to the city every weekend, I get to see all the amazing people who have and will support me as I go on this music journey. My friends, conductor, and all of the people working behind the scenes at CYSO are just such incredible people to make this a fantastic experience.

Check out London’s art featured on our event calendar for upcoming spring student concerts in April and May.

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