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Alumni Interview: Cyril Wang on His Tour Experience
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Violinist Cyril Wang performed with CYSO for seven years—four as a member of Symphony Orchestra and three years in Concert Orchestra. A 2014 graduate, Cyril also joined us on two international tours, traveling to Spain in 2012 as a high school sophomore and to China in 2014 as a senior. As we prepare for CYSO’s upcoming tour of Central Europe …
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Alumni Interview: Emma Gerstein
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Emma Gerstein joined CYSO as a high school sophomore back in 2002. At the time, playing the flute was simply a hobby among many other things the high schooler from Hyde Park liked to do, but not something she expected to devote her career to. Fast forward 15 years and Emma has played with New World Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, the Auckland …
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Alumni Interview: Richard Davis, Renowned Bassist, Educator, and Activist
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On Friday, November 14, 1947, double bassist Richard Davis played in the very first concert of what was then called the Youth Orchestra of Greater Chicago. A shy kid from Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, Davis would go on to play bass professionally with some of the most famous classical and jazz personalities of the 20th century. Now 70 years on from …
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CYSO Internship Sparked Interest in Arts Administration for Carlos León Garcia
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Former CYSO intern Carlos León Garcia epitomizes the word “hustle.” After playing in Symphony Orchestra his senior year of high school, Carlos stayed on as an Operations Intern the summer after he graduated. His enthusiasm and dedication were always apparent during Carlos’ tenure in CYSO, and still is today. Carlos recently stopped by the administrative office to catch up with old …
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Rob & Sam Calhoon: Two Generations of Bass
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Rob Calhoon and his son Sam are both bass players. Not only that, they’re both part of the CYSO family: Sam is a current student in Debut Orchestra and Rob is a 1986 alumnus of Symphony Orchestra. We recently sat down with Rob and Sam to to talk about their shared CYSO experience, what’s the same 30 years later, and what …
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