Loop Chicago

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras


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410 S Michigan Ave, Suite 833
(312) 939-2207


Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) has provided music education through orchestral programs and performance opportunities of the highest caliber since 1946. We currently serve more than 600 students ages 6-18 in on-site ensembles, including four full orchestras, three string orchestras, jazz orchestra, multiple steel orchestras, and enrichment opportunities including chamber music, masterclasses, and music composition.CYSO musicians learn from Chicago's most respected professional musicians, perform in the world's great concert halls, and gain the self-confidence and discipline necessary for a successful future. 

CYSO Community Partnership Programs will support instrumental music training and music access for approximately 8,500 young people during the 2017-2018 season. We work with students in under-resourced neighborhoods through our ambassador program and after-school ensembles, present free community and education concerts, and partner with institutions including Chicago Public Schools and The People's Music School.

CYSO alumni go on to play in the world's finest orchestras and ensembles, and are also found working as teachers, community leaders, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and business professionals. Whether or not a graduate continues musical studies after their time in CYSO, students leave with a strong sense of discipline, increased self-confidence, and a deep appreciation for music and the arts. CYSO is investing in the future of music and the next generation of leaders.


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