Jessie Montgomery with five young composers from 2022/23 Season.

Young Composers Initiative

With leadership from CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Jessie Montgomery, the Young Composers Initiative engages youth from across the Chicago region and empowers them to create new pieces of chamber music.

Six young composers were selected for the 2023/24 Season who will workshop new pieces of chamber music throughout the year with Jessie Montgomery. These works will be performed by musicians of the Civic Orchestra in Buntrock Hall at Symphony Center on May 31, 2024. Learn more and get tickets »

Congratulations to this year’s participants!

Angel Alday, 17, The Chicago High School for the Arts*
Clara Frantzen, 17, Oak Park & River Forest High School
Jaime García-Añoveros, 18, Northside College Prep
Zachary Guo, 17, Deerfield High School
Malik Muhammad, 15, Muhammad University*
Sylvia Pine, 12, Homeschool

*returning participant

2023/24 Young Composers Initiative Participants



The Young Composers Initiative is generously supported by Margo and Mike Oberman.