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.



Regular Members
Soyung An
Amanda Bailey
Xiaoguo Burton
Seohee Byun
Hen-Shuo Steven Chang
Maya Cohon
Alexandria Conrad
Emelinda Escobar
Danielle Giulini
Hillary Hempel
Myra Hinrichs
Shushi Hori
Paula Johannesen
Haemi Lee
Jessica Ling
Angelica Lundberg
Janet Lyu
Kiyoe Matsuura
Zachary Peterson
Sam Petrey
Kathryn Satoh
Shani Schechter
Danielle Seaman
Youngsin Seo
Gereltuya Tumurbaatar
Yuri Uchida
Albert Yan
Qiao Yu

Associate Members
Wenyin Deng
Elizabeth Ehrlich
Amy Hillis


Regular Members
Rita Andrade
David Beytas
Amy Hess
Nina Kiken
Davis King
Istvan Loga
Brianne Lugo
Charlotte Malin
William McLellan
Samuel Pedersen
Erin Rafferty
Sarah Vosper

Associate Members
Jacqueline Hanson
Grace Lee
Elizabeth Oka
Michael Sabatka


Regular Members
Titilayo Ayangade
Pu Chen
Ryan Fitzpatrick
Diana Flores
Michael Grittani
Ji-Ye Kim
Wanyu Rebecca Kuo
Sonia Mantell
David Sands
Genevieve Tabby

Associate Members
Jennifer McDunn
Isaac Pastor-Chermak


Regular Members
Fernando de la Fuente
Paul Nemeth
Neal Rodack
Anna Scheider
Johann Schuster
Nahee Song
Jessica Wolfe
Wei Xin

Associate Members
Carl Anderson
Adam Bernstein
Zachary Hobin
Sara Neilson
David Schumm
Brett Wagner


Regular Members
Emily Koi
Allison Poh
JungHwa Yoo

Associate Members
Kyle Henning
Daryl Thompson
Patrick Tsuji


Regular Members
Jaimie Duff
Lindsay Flowers
Ryan Jones

Associate Members
Sarah Balzer
Erin Britton
Lauren Keating
Pablo Moreno
Jessica Warren


Regular Members
Lindsey Cavanaugh
Zachary Good
JJ Koh

Associate Members
Nicholas Brown
Natalie Eriksson
Tzuying Huang
Igal Levin
Nora Shaffer
Claire Wilson


Regular Members
Robert Curl
Francisco Delgado
Andrei Muravev

Associate Members
Alex Amsel
Ryan Finefrock
Joyce Fleck
Kara LaMoure
Hannah Taylor
Remy Taghavi


Regular Members
Melanie Erena
Gregory Hix
Marta Kallenberger
Alex Laskey
Allison Tutton

Associate Members
Joshua Horne
Jamie Leff
Shelby Nugent
Russell Rybicki
Kenji Ulmer
Christopher Williams


Regular Members
Matthew Barker
Ansel Norris
Eriko Shibata

Associate Members
Shan Huang
Aaron Krumsieg
Jean Laurenz
Ari Micich
Ayano Tomioka


Regular Members
Keith Dyrda
Joseph Peterson

Associate Members
Hana Beloglavec
Michael Cox
Ignacio del Rey Tomas-Biosca
Carson King-Fournier


Regular Member
Gabriel Roberson

Associate Members
Joel Griswell


Regular Member
David Nelson

Associate Members
Maxwell Briggs
Ben Darneille
Joshua deVries
Jose Francisco Martínez-Antón
Krzysztof Mucha
Nelson Woods


Regular Member
Simón Gómez Gallego

Associate Members
Erich Rieppel
Alana Wiesing


Regular Members
David Eisenreich
Bernadette Manalo
Steven White

Associate Members
William Champion
Michael Hopkins
Matthew Penland
Patrick Speranza


Regular Member
Gréta Ásgeirsson

Associate Members
Catherine Canale
Alizabeth Nowland
Katherine Ventura


Regular Member
Marianne Parker

Associate Members
Joanna Chao
Soo-Young Kim
Elizabeth Newkirk


Caroline Eichler