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 diverse communities, across Chicago and around the world. Explore the pages linked below to discover countless ways to participate.

Explore the CSO’s programming for children and families.
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Learn about the CSO’s training programs for young instrumentalists.
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Discover how the CSO engages with communities across Chicago and around the world.
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NMI Concert Series
Kid-friendly concerts performed by members of the CSO.
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Attend concerts at Symphony Center and in communities across the city. 2024/25 Season to be announced in September 2024.
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Student-friendly concerts performed by members of the CSO.
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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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Auditions for Civic Orchestra of Chicago are under way for next season. Civic managers emphasize that the auditions have few restrictions; there’s no age limit on either side, but applicants are usually 21 to 26.
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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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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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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.
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