Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Since 1919, young artists have sought membership in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago to develop their talents and to further prepare for careers as professional musicians. Founded by Frederick Stock, second music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra is the only training orchestra of its kind affiliated with a major American orchestra.

The Civic Orchestra offers promising young professional musicians unique access to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through hands-on training experiences with the musicians of the CSO and some of today’s most sought-after conductors, including world-renowned CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti. Under the guidance of principal conductor Cliff Colnot and CSO Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma, Civic Orchestra musicians develop as exceptional orchestral players and engaged artists, cultivating their ability to succeed in the rapidly evolving world of music in the twenty-first century. 

The importance of the Civic Orchestra’s role in greater Chicago is underscored by its commitment to present concerts of the highest quality at no charge to the public. In addition to the critically acclaimed live concerts at Symphony Center, Civic Orchestra performances can be heard locally on WFMT (98.7 FM) and by nearly three million listeners in nationally syndicated radio broadcasts on 160 broadcast outlets in 30 states. These are made possible through a generous gift from the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.

Since 1997, the Civic Orchestra has provided its members opportunities to develop as teachers, advocates, and ambassadors for using the power of music to contribute to our culture, our communities, and the lives of others. The Civic musicians expand their creative, professional, and artistic boundaries through educational performances at Chicago Public Schools and a series of innovative chamber concerts at various locations throughout the city including Chicago Park District field houses, the National Museum of Mexican Art and Zhou B Art Center.

The Civic Orchestra’s long history of presenting full orchestra performances without charge includes concerts at the South Shore Cultural Center (in partnership with the South Shore Advisory Council), the Apostolic Church of God, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and the New Regal Theater.

The Civic Orchestra is a signature program of the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Negaunee Institute offers a wide range of youth, community, and education programs that engage more than 200,000 people of diverse ages, incomes and backgrounds. Through the programs of the Institute as well as projects at schools and community venues that are initiated by CSO musicians and a free annual concert with Riccardo Muti and the CSO, the CSO champions the extraordinary power of music to create connections and build community.


 

VIOLINS

Regular Members

Soyung An
Amanda Bailey
Alexandria Conrad
Elizabeth Ehrlich
Emelinda Escobar
Suely Espilez
Susannah Foster
Alicia Friedrichs
Kuan-i He
Hillary Hempel
Myra Hinrichs
Erica Jacobs-Perkins
Paula H. Johannesen
Ga Eun Kim
Tomer Marcus
Alexandra Matloff
Kiyoe Matsuura
Jinty McTavish
Jiyoung Moon
Brian Ostrega
Zachary Peterson
Sam Petrey
Tara Lynn Ramsey
Janis Sakai
Samantha Spena
Gereltuya Tumurbaatar
Arianne Urban
Teddy Wiggins
Albert Yan
Jiyeon Yeo

Associate Members

Hsin-Yu Chen
Wenyin Deng
Yeseul Kim
Laura Schafer
Tong Yu

VIOLA

Regular Members

Rita Andrade
David Beytas
Kathryn A. Dark
Arnaud Ghillebaert
Amy Hess
Aadam Ibrahim
Davis King
Gi Yeon Koh
Istvan Loga
Erin Rafferty
Kip Riecken
Sarah Vosper

Associate Members

Ria Hodgson
Annija Kerno
Nina Kiken
Sam Pedersen
Seth Pae
Amy Pikler

CELLO

Regular Members

Titilayo Monique Ayangade
Ryan Fitzpatrick
Michael Grittani
Romana Kaiser
Ji-Ye Kim
Sonia Mantell
Jennifer McDunn
David Sands
Kenji Sasaki
Genevieve Tabby

Associate Members

Alexander Ellsworth
Jiyeon Hwang
Martin Nocedal
Eunhey Park
Weiting Sun

DOUBLE BASS

Regular Members

Carl Anderson
Fernando de la Fuente
Brendan Fitzgerald
Teddy Gabrielides
Casey Karr
Paul Nemeth
Johann Schuster
Jessica Wolfe

Associate Members

Evan Hillis

FLUTE

Regular Members

Allison Poh
Patrick Tsuji
Jamie Yoo

Associate Members

Karen Gallant
Susan Kang
Christy Kim
Jennifer Piper

OBOE

Regular Members

Jeremy Curtis
Lindsay Flowers
Dan Glynn

Associate Members

Chelsea Cox
Jacob Lieberstein
Amy Luegering
Mary Stahlhuth

CLARINET

Regular Members

Lindsey Cavanaugh
Zachary Good
JJ Koh

Associate Members

Nicholas Brown
Benjamin Chen
Lewis Gilmore
Ryan Stockhausen

BASSOON

Regular Members

Robert Curl
Francisco Delgado
Andrei Muravev

Associate Members

Sandra Bailey
Talie Ferree
Amanda Moreton
Jack Sutey

HORN

Regular Members

Corin Droullard
Melanie Erena
Elyse Lauzon
Shelby Nugent
Allison Tutton

Associate Members

Colin Bianchi
Daniel Brottman
Brad Granville
Russell Rybicki
Kelly Suthers
Christopher Williams

TRUMPET

Regular Members

Matt Baker
Charles Russell Roberts
Eriko Shibata

Associate Members

Danny Kirgan
Kyle Kremer
Alex Schwarz

TROMBONE

Regular Members

Charles Robin Dieterle
Joseph Dubas

Associate Members

Hana Beloglavec
Ignacio del Rey Tomas-Biosca
Carson King-Fournier
Grant Reed
David Taylor

BASS TROMBONE

Regular Member

Prapat Prateepphleepon

Associate Members

Scott Nguyen

TUBA

Regular Member

David Nelson

Associate Members

Zach Bridges
Joseph LeFevre
Jose Martínez-Antón

TIMPANI

Regular Member

Simón Gómez Gallego

Associate Members

Joshua Hooten
Aaron Villareal

PERCUSSION

Regular Members

Alex M. Adduci
Jacob Harpster
Matthew Penland

Associate Members

Nicholas Bonaccio
William Champion
Sarah Gartin
Michael Hopkins
Patrick Speranza
Xueqing Wu

HARP

Regular Member

Gréta Ásgeirsson

Associate Members

Claire Happel

KEYBOARD

Regular Member

Soo-Young Kim

Associate Members

Jordan Crice
Elizabeth Newkirk

LIBRARIAN

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