CYSO’s Chamber Orchestra seeks to enrich Chicago’s cultural landscape through chamber orchestra performances focused on social impact. In the more intimate environment of a 40-member ensemble led by CYSO Music Director Allen Tinkham, Chamber Orchestra serves as a leadership development incubator focused on developing empathetic and informed student citizens.
In its inaugural season last spring, Chamber Orchestra musicians explored mental health and well-being, specifically how creativity and resilience go hand in hand. CYSO engaged guest speakers to lead student discussions about mental health stigma and awareness, developing a growth mindset, and the importance of community.
This year, Chamber Orchestra is exploring immigration, as it relates to our diverse community here in Chicago and the lives of the composers whose work we perform. This theme was selected based on student feedback and the Chamber Orchestra will present free community performances in the fall and spring to share their learning with the greater Chicago community.