CSO Assistant Concertmaster Yuan-Qing Yu instructs Rebecca Vazquez in a master class at Lane Tech High School.

School Partnerships

Building on decades of partnerships with Chicago Public Schools, the CSO-Connect program provides teacher professional development in the area of arts-integration. Participating teachers design curriculum inspired by orchestral repertoire and a yearly theme tied to CSO for Kids school concerts. The program also includes in-school performances by musicians from the Civic Orchestra, a field trip to a CSO for Kids concert, and a culminating event where students share their original musical compositions.

For select schools across the Chicagoland area with band and orchestra programs, partnerships feature coaching and mentorship by CSO and Civic Orchestra, in-school performances, attendance at CSO open rehearsals and more.

All partnerships aspire to build relationships with classical music and a sense of connection to the CSO Association. Partnerships also respond to the unique needs of partner schools and advocate for equitable access to music education.

Interested in becoming a partner? Contact the staff of the Negaunee Music Institute to learn more.



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