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Civic Fellowship Program

Through an array of experiences designed to build and diversify creative and professional skills, the Civic Fellowship program empowers participants to realize their full potential as artistically excellent, civically engaged, collaborative and entrepreneurial musicians. Fellows serve as facilitators for special projects, perform at Symphony Center as well as in schools and communities across the city, mentor young musicians, design and implement community engagement projects, and more.

Call for Scores

The Civic Fellows announce a call for scores. Deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, February 24, 2023.

Learn more about the 2023 Call for Scores


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The Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s second CSOtv episode, titled Shared Reality and premiering on February 18, was curated by the Civic Fellows and features works by living composers.
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Civic Fellows' Call for Scores culminates in program of new music
Led by a team of five Civic Fellows, the Call for Scores project offers an opportunity to discover and perform exciting new pieces by contemporary composers. The program will be available to stream for free on CSOtv beginning on June 17.
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