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.


    The tradition of concert going begins with families. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra offers delightful programming for the whole family.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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    The Chicago Symphony Orchestra offers intensive training programs, competitions, and access to the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in order to support young musicians in their pursuit of musical excellence.

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

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