Led by Michael Mascari, the Concert Orchestra provides advanced orchestral training to predominantly high school aged student musicians.
Concert Orchestra students have the opportunity to perform advanced orchestral repertoire and new works by contemporary composers. Their season includes weekly rehearsals, sectionals, a concerto competition, an audition seminar, and concerts in some of the area’s most renowned venues including Harris Theater, Northwestern University’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, and Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall. The Concert Orchestra has also performed at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
In addition to its regular season concerts, the Concert Orchestra performs two education concerts as a part of CYSO’s Music Pathways program and does a reading session of student works by participants in CYSO’s Composition Seminar.
Members of the Concert Orchestra also have the opportunity to participate in Ambassadors, Chamber Music, Composition Seminar, and Music Theory courses.