Members of the Chicago Youth in Music Festival Orchestra

2024 CYMF Orchestra Auditions

The 2024 Chicago Youth in Music Festival (CYMF) takes place Saturday, April 20 through Monday, April 29 with a variety of activities that support and celebrate young musicians from across Chicago. The Festival concludes with a concert in Orchestra Hall performed by the Festival Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of the Civic Orchestra sitting side-by-side with Chicago’s most advanced young musicians.

Students who are affiliated with a CYMF partner organization are invited to audition for the Festival Orchestra which will rehearse at Symphony Center April 21 through April 29 as preparation for the finale concert of Shostakovich Symphony No. 4 on April 29 led by world renowned conductor, Giancarlo Guerrero.

Festival Orchestra Partners

Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative
Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
Merit School of Music
Music Institute of Chicago
Musical Arts Institute
People’s Music School

Join students from the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative in the culminating event of the 2023 Chicago Youth in Music Festival.
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