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Biography
CYSO’S MISSION IS TO INSPIRE AND CULTIVATE PERSONAL EXCELLENCE THROUGH MUSIC.
 
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras has provided music education through orchestral programs and performance opportunities of the highest caliber since 1946.  CYSO serves more than 600 students ages 6-18 through four full orchestras, three string orchestras, multiple steel orchestras, and supplemental programs including chamber music ensembles, music theory, and composition. CYSO musicians receive superb orchestral and chamber music instruction from Chicago’s most respected professional musicians, perform in the world’s greatest concert halls, and gain the self-confidence and discipline necessary for a successful future.

CYSO’s Community Engagement Programs connect with the Chicago community through several components including community concerts in Chicago, in-school concerts for Chicago Public Schools students, and our award-winning Music Pathways in-school residency program, which brings music education opportunities to CPS students and provides tailored support for music teachers. Through these components, CYSO Community Engagement Programs inspire and cultivate personal excellence by supporting instrumental music training and music access among thousands of Chicago youth.

100% of CYSO graduates pursue college studies, often at the most prestigious universities and conservatories in the nation. Students go on to become professional musicians in the world’s finest orchestras and music ensembles, and are also found working as teachers, community leaders, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and business professionals. Most importantly, whether or not students continue their music studies after high school, they leave with a strong sense of discipline, increased confidence, and a deep appreciation for music and the arts.

CYSO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization investing in the future of music and the next generation of leaders.
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