The Negaunee Music Institute shares the extraordinary musical resources of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to create connections to music for individuals and communities across Chicago and around the world, engaging more than 200,000 people each year.

Built on the CSO’s rich history of education and community engagement programming that originated in the early part of the twentieth century, the work of the Institute provides opportunities for people of all ages with diverse backgrounds to actively participate in the life of the Orchestra.

Under the visionary leadership of CSO Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti and Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma, the Institute’s learning and training programs include a suite of CSO concerts for school and family audiences, school partnerships, a training orchestra and fellowship for emerging professional musicians, intensive training and performance opportunities for young musicians, and collaboratively designed community engagement projects.


    Grow up with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra! The CSO offers a pathway of concerts for children ages 3 through 11.

    Learn more


    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra offers a variety of opportunities, including concerts and programs at Symphony Center and in schools that introduce students and teachers to the world of live symphonic music and create connections to the musicians of the orchestra.

    Learn More


    The talented musicians of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago train with members of the renowned CSO to develop the skills necessary for a career with a professional orchestra.

    Learn More


    The CSO nurtures partnerships in community locations throughout Chicagoland in order to more deeply engage with the people of the city.

    Learn More


    At Symphony Center and in classrooms across Chicago, the CSO invites students from Pre-K through high school to engage in learning about and through the amazing world of orchestral music.

    Learn More




    Discover some of the additional ways to connect to and advocate for music in Chicago.

    Learn More