CYSO is generously supported in part by individuals and the following foundation, corporate and government funders, without whom we could not provide the programming and support that brings CYSO to life.


percentage of CYSO students who receive financial assistance or attend a free program


Dollars given out in the 2019-2020 season to ensure that tuition is never a barrier to participation


of students say CYSO connects them to the community

$50,000 and aboveThe Negaunee Foundation
$25,000 to $49,999Paul M. Angell Family Foundation

The Crown Family

Julius N. Frankel Foundation
Illinois Arts Council Agency 

The MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at Prince
$10,000 to $24,999Baum Realty Group*

The Buchanan Family Foundation

The Catalyst Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
DLA Piper*

John R. Halligan Charitable Fund
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Peoples Gas Community Fund

Sage Foundation
$5,000 to $9,999The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc.

Sargent Family Foundation
The Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund
$4,999 and underA440 Violin Shop*

AmazonSmile Foundation

Bocal Majority*

Charles Double Reed Company*

D’Addario Foundation

Forrests Music*

Fox Products*

Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation

from March 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022
Benjamin B. Green-Field Foundation

International Society of Bassists*

Mardi Gras Fund

Northern Illinois University*

Oboe Chicago*

Oboe Duck Reeds*

Wicklander Family Foundation

Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy

*in-kind donation

The 2022 CYSO Gala

The 2022 CYSO Gala: Listen to the Future brought together more than 400 supporters and 200 student performers to celebrate CYSO’s 75th anniversary season and the past, present, and future of the organization. We are so grateful for the support of the entire CYSO community for making the event such a smashing success. Because of your generosity, we raised more than $680,000—a record! Gala proceeds are key to keeping tuition affordable for all CYSO families, funding financial assistance, and ensuring our expansive community programming is always offered free of charge. Your generosity will have a lasting impact on the lives of our young musicians.

Platinum SponsorsPritzker Traubert FoundationSheppard Mullin
Gold SponsorsBrittany Viola & Justin BernbrockJenner & Block LLP/The Bricker Vinik Family
Silver SponsorsDr. Louanne Carabini & Shawn O’Leary
Chapman & Cutler LLP
Lakeview Smiles/Hydr8
Stephen & Terry Schwartz
Cynthia Van Osdol & John Sandwick
Bronze SponsorsAlliant
DLA Piper
ESOP Structuring Specialists, Inc.
Dr. Jana L. French & Peter M. Gotsch
Mary & Lionel Go
Green River Films
Sipi Metals Corp.
Angela & Dana O’Banion
Elizabeth & Jimmy
Advocate SponsorsBaker McKenzie
Horizon Wealth Management
Wintrust Chicago’s Bank
Ally SponsorsSophie McCarthy & Andy HronekThe William Everett Group

If you would like more information about how you or your company can become a sponsor of CYSO’s annual gala, contact Marc Bitler at or call 312-939-2207.

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