jessie montgomery with young composer

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. Following a competitive application process, five student composers have been selected to work with Montgomery throughout the 2022/23 Season. Each student’s piece will be premiered by musicians of the Civic Orchestra in Grainger Ballroom at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, April 24, immediately prior to the CSO MusicNOW concert that evening.

Congratulations to the five composers selected for this year’s initiative!

Angel Alday, 16, Chicago High School for the Arts
Lincoln Gibbs, 17, Lakes Community High School
Brandon Harper, 17, Lincoln Park High School
Malik Muhammad, 14, Muhammad University of Islam
Sofia Ruiz Cordero, 18, Naperville North High School

All April 24 MusicNOW ticketholders are invited to attend the preconcert performance at 6:15 p.m. featuring the following works:

Brandon Harper Still Some Spirit
Sofia Ruiz Cordero Sonidos de Bolivia
Lincoln Gibbs Comfort
Malik Muhammad Recoverless

Purchase tickets for the April 24 MusicNOW concert »



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

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