Civic Orchestra of Chicago Musicians

Founded in 1919 by Frederick Stock, second music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), the Civic Orchestra of Chicago prepares emerging professional musicians for lives in music. Civic members participate in rigorous orchestral training, September through June each season, with Principal Conductor Ken-David Masur, musicians of the CSO, and some of today’s most luminary conductors including CSO Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti. 

From 2010 to 2019, Yo-Yo Ma was a leading mentor to Civic musicians and staff in his role as CSO Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, and the programs and initiatives he established are integral to the Civic Orchestra curriculum today. 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).

Civic musicians also expand their creative, professional, and artistic boundaries and reach diverse audiences through educational performances at Chicago Public Schools and a series of chamber concerts at various locations throughout the city including Chicago Park District field houses and the National Museum of Mexican Art.

To further expand its musician training, the Civic Orchestra launched the Civic Fellowship program in the 2013–14 season. Each year ten to fifteen Civic members are designated as Civic Fellows and participate in intensive leadership training that is designed to build and diversity their creative and professional skills.

The Civic Orchestra’s long history of presenting full orchestra performances free to the public includes annual concerts at the South Shore Cultural Center (in partnership with the South Shore Advisory Council) as well as numerous Chicago Public Schools. The Civic Orchestra is a signature program of the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which offers a wide range of education and community programs that engage more than 200,000 people of diverse ages, incomes, and backgrounds each year, in Chicago and around the world.

Civic Orchestra 2021/22 Season Roster

VIOLIN
Regular Members
Kristian Brusubardis
Joshua Burca
Hsuan Chen
Joe DeAngelo
Diego Diaz
Shinhye Dong
Dylan Feldpausch*
Valentina Guillen Menesello
John Heffernan
Robbie Herbst
Yu-Kun Hsiang
Kyoko Inagawa
Sungjoo Kang
Hee Yeon Kim*
Kenichi Kiyama
Luke Lentini*
Liya Ma
Nelson Jose Mendoza Hernandez*
Emily Nardo
Tabitha Oh
Kina Ono
Crystal Qi
Rannveig Marta Sarc
Laura Schafer
Subin Shin
Holly Wagner
Grace Walker
Matthew Weinberg
Diane Yang

Associate Members
Sarah Biagini
Jack Bogard
Jorie Butler-Geyer
Chia-Yu Chang
Pyunghwa Choi
Rebecca Edge
Sarah Elert
Brian J. Hong
Chia-Shan Hsu
Caroline Joyner
Jonah Kartman
Natalie Koh
Benjamin Kronk
Nathanael Leavitt
Christina Hojung Lee
An-Chi Lin
Ana María Quintero Muñoz
Heewoo Seo
Kisa Uradomo

VIOLA
Regular Members
Ye Jin Goo
Amanda Kellman
Larissa Mapua
Pedro Mendez
Sofia Nikas
Bethany Pereboom*
Teddy Schenkman
Taisiya Sokolova
Josephine Stockwell
Chloé Thominet*
Seth Van Embden
Benjamin Wagner

Associate Members
Leslie Ashworth
Cordelia Brand
Mallory Carnes
Darren Chan
Dominick Douglas
Yu-Ting Huang
Carlos Raul Lozano Sanchez
Renato Notaro
Yein Son
Madeline Warner
Megan Yeung

CELLO
Regular Members
Philip Bergman
Miles Link
Francisco Malespin*
Shannon Merciel
Abigail Monroe
Lindsey Sharpe*
Haley Slaugh
Hana Takemoto
Charlotte Ullman

Associate Members
Gilberto Hernan Campa
Alex Chambers-Ozasky
Imjeong Choi
Isabel Dimoff
Ryan Doerr
Ryan K. Donohue
Omkara Gil
Lidanys Graterol
Sun Han
Patrick Hartson
Gabriel Hightower
Bailey Holbrook
J. Holzen
Mina Kim
Yu-Hsuan Lee
Philip Lee
Richard Li
Elena Lombardo
Robyn Neidhold
Isidora Nojkovic
Dayoung Park
Nina Pitts
Chad Polk
Zachary Preucil
Benjamin Rogers
Esther Seitz
Jacob Thompson
Samuel Walter
Yifan Wu
Paul Zmick

BASS
Regular Members
Nathan Beaver
Nick DeLaurentis
Caleb Edwards
Benjamin Foerster
Andrew French
Wesley Jones
Isaac Polinsky
Olivia Reyes

Associate Members
Taiga Benito
Nicholas Boettcher
Daniel Chan
Jintao He
Wendy Hellmann
Adam Maloney
Luke Rogers

FLUTE
Regular Members
Katarīna Ignatoviča
Min Ha Kim
Alyssa Primeau*

Associate Members
Anatolia Evarkiou-Kaku
Indigo Fischer
Erin Keppner
Myles Roberts
Yeji Shin
Rebecca Taio

OBOE
Regular Members
Rodion Belousov
James Jihyun Kim
Amelia Merriman*

Associate Members
Dan Ellis
Sarah Pinto
Julia Simpson
Aaron Woodman

CLARINET
Regular Members
Irina Chang
Antonio Garrasi
Daniel Solowey

Associate Members
Mackenzie Austin
Tyler Baillie
Benjamin Cruz
Julianna Darby
Madison Freed
Melissa Frisch
Amy Hur
Juan Esteban Martinez Martinez
Max Reese
Michael Thompson
Alex Whitehead
Elisha Willinger

BASSOON
Regular Members
Edin Agamenoni
K. Mackenzie Brauns*
Liam Jackson

Associate Member
Tsz Ho Liu

HORN
Regular Members
Lauren Anker*
Jacob Medina
Russell Scott Sanders
Michael Stevens
Nelson Ricardo Yovera Perez

Associate Members
Payton Chadwick
Rachel Côté
Sylvia Denecke
Jordan Dinkins
Blaine Dodson
Nivanthi Karunaratne
Connor Landers
Asuncion Martínez
Antonio Padilla Denis
Diego Michelle Rodríguez Sánchez
Austin Ruff
Jared Sanders
Christina Schempf
Thomas Paul Vienna

TRUMPET
Regular Members
Ismael Cañizares Ortega
Michael Leavens
John Wagner

Associate Members
Changhyun Cha
Cleon Chai
Quentin Erickson
Robert Lau Giambruno
Shea Kelsay
Pawel Marciniak
Noah Mennenga
Shane O'Brien

TROMBONE
Regular Members
Felix Regalado
Hugo Saavedra Arciniegas*

Associate Members
Scott Avant
Alex Ertl
Matt Flanagan
Will Fowler
Darian Freeman
Liam Glendening
Harry Gonzalez
Robert Hackl-Blumstein
Matthew Herrmann
Nicholas Hogg
Robert Jöchl
Nicholas Kemp
Nick Mihalich
Evelyn Proffit
Caleb Slabaugh
Rubén Tovar Carrasco
Carlos Velosa
Ian Warshaw
Chase Waterbury

BASS TROMBONE
Regular Member
Zhen Lei

Associate Members
Nayib González
Carter Woosley

TUBA
Regular Member
Jarrett McCourt

Associate Members
Hunter Farley
Justin Gruber
Derek Manteufel
Ferran Martinez Miquel
Josue Jimenez Morales
Xianquan Mu
Alex Purdy
Alec Rich
James Soria
Jacob Taitel
Jorge Viana
Kevin Hsuan-Wei Weng Lin

TIMPANI
Regular Members
Jason Yoder

Associate Members
Dan Benson
Sarah Christianson
George Tantchev
Leo Taylor

PERCUSSION
Regular Members
Joseph Bricker*
Taylor Hampton

Associate Members
TBD


KEYBOARD
Associate Members
Tyler Kivel
Wenlin Chen

HARP
Regular Members
Ellie Kirk

Associate Members
Anya Garipoli
Lauren Hayes
Natalie Man

LIBRARIAN
Ann Thompson

*Denotes Civic Orchestra Fellow

Additional information
Ken-David Masur
Ken-David Masur has conducted distinguished orchestras around the world and prioritizes music education and working with the next generation of young artists.
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