NMI Youth in Music Festival Side by Side at Orchestra Hall 2015

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, which takes place April 9-11 and also includes a national summit, is presented in partnership with the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative (CMPI) and National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network (NIMAN). The Festival and Summit will bring 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 will 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 will culminate 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.

Applications for the 2022 festival are now closed. Congratulations to the accepted musicians!

Reserve free tickets to the Festival Orchestra open rehearsal with Riccardo Muti on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 7pm in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center.

Watch these short videos about past Youth in Music Festivals:

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