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.
Spring concert season is finally here! Join us at Orchestra Hall on May 11 for the U.S. Premiere of the Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra - and support our project to fund it on Kickstarter. Check out other concerts at Northside College Prep HS and Millennium Park from now until June!READ MORE
Play Your Part in the U.S. Premiere of the Full Version of Gabriel Prokofiev's Concerto for Turntables and OrchestraREAD MORE
Join us for one of the many inspiring concerts & events during this 67th season!READ MORE