ProgramsCYSO offers full, string and steel orchestras; chamber music; music theory; composition; and international touring to students ages 6-18. 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.
CYSO to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Music Pathways In-School Residency Program.READ MORE
CYSO's 68th Season is full of amazing collaborations with The Second City; Grammy Award nominee and Guitarist of The National, Bryce Dessner; Third Coast Percussion; Steelpan Performer Liam Teague and much more!READ MORE
CYSO's first Tour of China was a huge success, as was the send-off concert with Blue Man Group at Millennium Park! Also, check out the list of 2014 CYSO graduates and upcoming dates for the 2014-15 Season.READ MORE
CYSO is honored to have received its 12th ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.READ MORE
"Tinkham's gifted and dedicated high-school-age musicians did a most impressive job with this demanding masterpiece, delivering a shipshape performance..."READ MORE