Since 1946, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra has developed young musicians through weekly rehearsals, private & group lessons, and challenging performance opportunities. Over 600 musicians aged 6-18 participate in multiple orchestras and ensembles, with alumni not only serving in top orchestras world wide, but also pursing careers as "teachers, community leaders, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and business professionals." As the mother of a former CYSO participant, I highly recommend anyone who loves music to consider participating in a CYSO program.
Auditions for the 2018-2019 Orchestra Season
Auditions for new members are starting soon, and anyone interested to trying out should sign up for an opportunity now. Before signing up, review the handbook and other information posted, so that you understand the kind of commitment you are making in time and energy. CYSO is an organization that respects each student musician, develops capabilities that surprise parents and students, and demonstrates the beauty of artistry through teamwork.
Shepherding our children to adulthood demands our love, our attention, and our acceptance of who they are.