Negaunee Music Institute

The Negaunee Music Institute connects people to the extraordinary musical resources of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Institute programs educate audiences, train young musicians and serve communities, across Chicago and around the world.

CSO for Kids
Explore the CSO’s programming for children and families.
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Musician Training
Learn about the CSO’s training programs for young instrumentalists.
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Community Engagement
Discover how the CSO engages with communities across Chicago and around the world.
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NMI Concert Series
CSO for Kids
Kid-friendly concerts performed by members of the CSO.
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Hear the Civic Orchestra
Attend concerts at Symphony Center and in communities across the city.
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School Concerts
Student-friendly concerts performed by members of the CSO.
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Students, educators from 10 cities gather for Chicago Youth in Music Festival
The 2022 Chicago Youth in Music Festival and National Pathways Summit featured three days of rehearsals and coaching sessions for young musicians and opportunities for music teachers and administrators to collaborate.
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Three perspectives on the Civic audition process
Auditions for Civic Orchestra of Chicago are under way for next season. Civic manager Molly Walker emphasizes that the auditions have few restrictions: “There’s no age limit on either side, but generally, the applicants are 21 to 26,"
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Orchestral Excerpt Insights: Cynthia Yeh
CSO Principal Percussion Cynthia Yeh demonstrates how a vibraphone can evoke the drama of Leonard Bernstein’s score from the musical "West Side Story."
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Civic Fellows curate a program of contemporary works for CSOtv
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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Bach Marathon 2021
After a year's hiatus, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago returned to the city's communities for the seventh annual Bach Marathon on Dec. 6, traveling to 13 different locations to perform Bach’s "Brandenburg" Concertos.
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CPS music educator reflects on his path to teaching, building a community
CPS music educator reflects on his path to teaching, building a community.
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