ProgramsCYSO offers full, string and steel orchestras; chamber music; music theory; composition; and international touring to students ages 7-18. CYSO musicians experience superb instruction and gain the skills necessary for a successful future.
AuditionsAuditions are open to students in grades K-12 who have at least two years of experience on their instrument. Join over 450 student musicians from the Chicago area and beyond in the CYSO family!
EventsExperience an inspiring performance by one of our instrumental ensembles; join us for the CYSO Masterclass Series; or attend The Noteworthy Night gala or CHILL: An International Wine & Culinary Event.
AlumniThe CYSO experience gives students from all backgrounds the skills to succeed in whatever their future holds. No matter what path our students follow after graduation, we make it easy for CYSO alumni to stay in touch with their musical roots.
Join us for one of the many inspiring concerts & events during this 67th season!READ MORE
Catch Part 2 of CYSO's May 2013 "2001: A Space Odyssey" concert at Orchestra Hall live on WFMT on Thursday, 8/29, at 10:00 PM!READ MORE
CYSO wraps-up its 66th Season and announces a new CYSO program!READ MORE
Mention a youth orchestra concert, and what likely comes to mind is a nice, safe program of easy-listening favorites. But the truth, at least, when it comes to the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, is often exactly the opposite. Music director Allen Tinkham likes to mix in lesser-known works past and present as a way to challenge his aspiring players and expand their notions about what music can be.READ MORE
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras' Board of Directors is extremely proud and excited to announce the appointment of Joshua Simonds as the new CYSO Executive Director.READ MORE