The Chicago Symphony Orchestra offers a variety of programs and resources to support young musicians in their pursuit of musical excellence.


  • CHICAGO YOUTH IN MUSIC FESTIVAL

    The Institute brings together Chicago's leading organizations in music education and performance in celebrating the musical achievements of young people.

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  • CIVIC ORCHESTRA

    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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  • PERCUSSION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

    Select Chicago students in grades 4–12 develop into skilled percussionists under the guidance of percussionists Patricia Dash and Douglas Waddell.

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  • CSO YOUNG ARTISTS COMPETITION

    The top young musicians in Illinois gather at Symphony Center to compete for the opportunity to solo with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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