Support CYSO

Since 1946 CYSO has provided music education through orchestral programs and performance opportunities of the highest caliber. From one original orchestra, the program has grown to nine on-site ensembles including full, string, jazz, and steel programs. And through Community Partnership Programs, CYSO brings directly to students in underserved Chicago neighborhoods. Over the past seven decades, CYSO has served more than 10,000 students from all parts of the city and beyond.

With tuition only covering 30% of the total cost of each student’s participation in CYSO, we rely on the generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations. Your generous gift empowers young musicians from all backgrounds to hone their musical skills, learn teamwork, and gain the self-confidence and discipline necessary for a successful future.

We’re grateful for all of your support and our work would not be possible without you.


Support CYSO’s music education programs with an individual gift, or through corporate giving.


Attend a fundraising event or performance to experience our students’ talent and commitment for yourself.

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We rely on a team of dynamic volunteers to maintain year-round operations of CYSO’s programs.