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. 

Applications are now open for the 2023/24 Season. With Jessie Montgomery’s mentorship, selected composers will workshop new pieces of chamber music throughout the year, culminating in a performance by musicians of the Civic Orchestra at Symphony Center on May 31, 2024. 

2022/23 Young Composers Initiative Participants



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

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