Chicago Youth in Music Festival



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The Chicago Youth in Music Festival is a collaboration between the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago’s leading organizations in music education.

Youth in Music Festival


Riccardo Muti leads the 2015 Chicago Youth in Music Festival Orchestra
Monday, February 23 7:30 p.m.

Join CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti and the Festival Orchestra—an advanced ensemble of outstanding young musicians from across the city and suburbs—for an open rehearsal in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center. This event serves as the finale of the 2015 Chicago Youth in Music Festival, a celebration of young classical musicians presented by the Negaunee Music Institute at the CSO in partnership with Chicago’s leading community music schools and youth orchestra programs.

This event is free and tickets are required. Limit 8 per household. To reserve tickets, please call 312-294-3000.  


The Chicago Youth in Music Festival is a biennial celebration of the achievements of young classical musicians from across Chicago and the world. Through a series of intensive rehearsals and workshops, young Chicago musicians prepare for appearances onstage at Orchestra Hall and in community locations around the city and suburbs, joined by mentors from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and international guest artists.

Participating students unlock their passions and hone their talents while tapping into a rich network of support from their peers. Students also gain valuable orchestral experience and develop an understanding of the values expressed by the CSO's Citizen Musician initiative through workshop sessions and community events. All Festival events are offered free of charge and target diverse audiences across Chicagoland neighborhoods, including special performances for Chicago Public Schools students.

Artistic leadership of the 2013 Festival was provided by CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti, YOA Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto and Civic Orchestra Principal Conductor Cliff Colnot. Past Festival guest artists and conductors include Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto and YOA Orchestra of the Americas (2013); Maestro Enrique Barrios and the Carlos Chavez Youth Orchestra of Mexico City (2011); Director Elizabeth Espejel Cruz and the Children's Choir of Morelia (2011); and Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela (2009).



The Chicago Youth in Music Festival is led by the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with the Chicago's leading organizations in music education. The Festival aims to extend and deepen the engagement of youth in music in Chicago, to foster critical mass and visibility among Chicago's youth music providers, and to strengthen ties between Chicago's youth music providers and counterparts both nationally and internationally.

Collaborating organizations are:
Chicago Center for Music Education • Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra • Project • Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras • DePaul School of Music • Community Music Division • Hyde Park Suzuki • Merit School of Music • Midwest Young Artists • Music Institute of Chicago • New Music School • The People’s Music School • Ravinia Festival • Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago