Bassist Olivia Reyes graduated in 2021 with a bachelor of music degree in bass performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where she studied with Jon McCullough-Benner, principal bass of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Originally from Milwaukee, Reyes is currently a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where she has performed as a section and rotating principal bassist since 2021. Reyes has also been a substitute principal bass for the Opera Festival of Chicago and a substitute bass with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra and the Camerata Chicago.
In 2021, Reyes was principal bass of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. She is also active as a mentor for the Negaunee Music Institute at the CSO’s ongoing partnership with Chicago Public Schools and a substitute mentor and coach for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.