Chicago Youth in Music Festival

The Chicago Youth in Music Festival is an annual celebration of young people who are passionate about symphony orchestras.

The 2022 Festival took place April 9-11 and included the first-ever National Pathways Summit. The weekend was presented in partnership with the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) and National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network (NIMAN). The Festival and Summit brought together over 100 students and institutional leaders from across the country for three days of musical learning, strategic conversations and collaboration. Through amplifying the voices and talents of student musicians, the Festival helped bring further awareness to the exceptional capacity of pathway programs to nurture the future generations of orchestral musicians.

Three days of rehearsals and coachings with CSO Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice Lina Gonzalez-Granados culminated with student musicians working side-by-side in a Festival Orchestra with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Chicago Sinfonietta, in an open rehearsal led by CSO Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti.

Check back this Fall for more information about the 2023 Chicago Youth in Music Festival.

Watch these short videos about past Youth in Music Festivals:

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Students, educators from 10 cities gather for Chicago Youth in Music Festival
The 2022 Chicago Youth in Music Festival and National Pathways Summit featured three days of rehearsals and coaching sessions for young musicians and opportunities for music teachers and administrators to collaborate.
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Chicago Youth in Music Festival 2022 Preview
The Chicago Youth in Music Festival returns in April 2022 with an ambitious nationwide partnership spanning 10 cities and a focus on supporting extraordinary young musicians from backgrounds that are underrepresented in classical music.
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Old World Wisdom and Contagious Energy at Orchestra Hall
Orchestras perform various styles of programs: educational concerts, Halloween concerts, holiday concerts, classics, subscription, pops, movies and more. As you would expect, the energy of the orchestra can change for each occasion.
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Learning How to Listen
From rehearsals with Civic, to CSO concerts, to coachings with CSO members, I have been encouraged to listen, and to listen harder, the last couple of years.
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The Chicago Youth in Music Festival is generously sponsored by Megan and Steve Shebik and Michael and Linda Simon. 

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