Congratulations to our two students who were accepted into this year’s newest Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) cohort of fellows: Philharmonic Orchestra trombone Angel Alday and Symphony Orchestra viola David Roche. As a member of the CMPI Advisory Council, we are so proud to be part of this city-wide effort to build a robust training pathway to professional orchestra careers for talented young musicians from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in classical music.
The mission of the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative is to identify and develop gifted and motivated orchestral students from underrepresented backgrounds for acceptance into top-tier conservatory, college or university classical music programs in preparation for careers as professional musicians. Fellows are provided with funds necessary for lessons, instruments, festivals, and enrichment programs. They are also supported by a team of mentors and teachers who help support them until they graduate high school.
A fun fact: you might recognize David from his appearance in our 2021 Gala: Sounds Across Chicago video performance!
To date, CYSO has had 51 students participate in CMPI. Congratulations to our two new CMPI fellows, who will join the ranks of dozens of other current CYSO students and alums who also participated in CMPI!
CMPI will also be present at CYSO’s annual College Fair on October 8th. Come meet with a CMPI representative and see what they’re all about! More information here.
Interested in applying to be a fellow with CMPI? Check out their website for more information.