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 Jessie throughout the 2022/23 season. Each student’s piece will be premiered by musicians of the Civic Orchestra in Grainger Ballroom at 6pm on Monday, April 24, immediately prior to the CSO Music Now 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

Free tickets for the April 24, 6pm Young Composers Initiative performance will be available for reservation beginning April 3.

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

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