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Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO) has provided music education through orchestral programs and performance opportunities of the highest caliber since 1946.

It currently serves 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, master classes and music composition. CYSO musicians learn from Chicago's must respected professional musicians, perform in the world's greatest 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. The programs reach students in under-resourced neighborhoods, present free concerts and partner with institutions like Chicago Public Schools and The People's Music School.

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