Tag Archives: CYSO Stories

Lucy Mangalapalli Named to Chicago’s 2018 Rising Star Honor Roll
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2018 CYSO alum Lucy Mangalapalli was recently named to the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ (DCASE) 2018 Rising Star Honor Roll, recognizing her as one of Chicago’s most accomplished young creatives. Lucy was nominated by CYSO in recognition of her work as a young musician and exemplary community member. Madalyne Tregellas Maxwell, CYSO Director of Operations, said that …
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Violinist Bryana Martinez Crosses Musical Genres with Orchestra and Mariachi
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Bryana Martinez, a sophomore at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, is violinist in CYSO’s Philharmonic Orchestra and a very busy young musician. In addition to playing with CYSO and in her school band, Bryana also performs as a violinist and singer in Mariachi Herencia de Mexico, a 18-member group of high school-age musicians that perform traditional mariachi songs.  Bryana …
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Danielle Calloway Named to 2017 Fifth Star Honors’ Rising Star Honor Roll
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2017 graduate Danielle Calloway has been named to Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ (DCASE) 2017 Rising Star Honor Roll. Recognizing 25 outstanding young artists from around Chicago, the honor roll recognizes creative leadership, passion, and exceptional skill in the arts. Calloway was nominated by CYSO to recognition of her exemplary musicianship and leadership over the past nine …
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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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CYSO Stories: Pam and Kayla Cabrera
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Over the course of a student’s time with CYSO, we have the privilege of watching them mature as musicians and as people. During this formative time, young people learn about dedication and hard work, stretching themselves and discovering their untapped potential. One student who we’ve watched grow into an accomplished young musician is Kayla Cabrera. Currently in her fourth season with CYSO, Kayla serves …
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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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