Alumni Interview Archives - Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

Alumni Interview: Cyril Wang on His Tour Experience

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 […]

Alumni Interview: Emma Gerstein

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 […]

Alumni Interview: Richard Davis, Renowned Bassist, Educator, and Activist

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 […]

CYSO Internship Sparked Interest in Arts Administration for Carlos León Garcia

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 […]

Rob & Sam Calhoon: Two Generations of Bass

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 […]

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