Development Manager, Events and Special Initiatives
Kevin Gupana is the Development Manager, Events and Special Initiatives with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. As an alumni of the organization, CYSO has played a huge part in defining his career both playing in the orchestras and serving as an intern in high school. Coming back to the organization, Kevin is proud to be part of the CYSO team giving back to an organization that prepared him for a career as a musician and arts administrator. Also a freelance oboist in Chicago, Kevin has performed regionally with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Rockford Symphony Orchestra.
He received his Bachelors in oboe performance at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts under the tutelage of Lora Schaefer of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and his Masters in oboe performance from the University of Houston studying under Adam Dinitz and Robert Atherholt. He participated in the Chautauqua Music Festival Orchestra where he studied with Jan Eberle and also participated in the Texas Music Festival. In addition, Kevin serves as a mentor for the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative. Kevin is passionate about helping young musicians navigate the music world and amplifying the voices that need to be more prominently heard in the music world.
What is your favorite musical memory from when you were young?
Playing Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” with CYSO in Orchestra Hall and Millennium Park. It was an experience that really solidified why I wanted to go into music in the first place. (Also, we had to perform the piece in Millennium Park while Chicago Jazz Fest was happening in Grant park!)
Fun fact about you that might surprise people
I’ve run 2 Marathons!! And I plan to do more of it. Running has been such a great way for me to get through the pandemic, and it has really helped my mental health and my playing!