Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Since 1919, young artists have sought membership in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago to develop their musicianship and to further prepare for professional careers. Founded by Frederick Stock, second music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra is the only training orchestra of its kind affiliated with a major American orchestra.
 
The Civic Orchestra offers promising young professional musicians unique access to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) through training with the musicians of the CSO, music director Riccardo Muti and distinguished guest conductors, as well as CSO Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma. Under the guidance of the CSO’s artistic leadership, Civic Orchestra musicians develop as exceptional orchestral players and civically-engaged artists.
 
The Civic Orchestra provides its members with opportunities to develop important skills to make professional lives in music. Civic Orchestra members rehearse and perform at the historic Symphony Center, develop deep connections with CSO musicians through sectional rehearsals, private lessons, side-by-side rehearsals, mock auditions, and career development conversations. Civic members also attend select CSO rehearsals and receive complimentary tickets to CSO concerts throughout the season.  Civic members also expand their creative, professional, and artistic boundaries through a series of residencies led by Yo-Yo Ma that include a wide array of performances in neighborhoods and schools throughout the Chicagoland.
 
Select members are also appointed as Civic Fellows and partake in a rigorous curriculum of artistic and professional development that enhances their participation in the full orchestra. See below for more details.
 
The Civic Orchestra is a signature program of the Negaunee Music Institute at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Institute offers education and community programs that annually engage more than 200,000 people of diverse backgrounds. Learn more about the Institute and its programs.

 


 

VIOLINS

Regular Members

Carmen Abelson*
Miguel Aguirre
Henry Allison
Maria Arrua
Fahad Awan
Sarah Bowen
Hannah Cartwright
Kai-wei Chen
Eunjeong Choi
Hannah Christiansen
Queenie Edwards*
John Heffernan*
Izumi Hoshino
Pauline Kempf
Jeongwon Kim
Yerim Lee
Amanda Marshall
Joanna Nerius
Rachel Peters
Anna Piotrowski
Kristen Seto
YaeEun Shin
Liaht Slobodkin
Brent Taghap
Joy Vucekovich
Sofie Yang

 

Associate Members

Jorie Butler-Geyer
Adam Dorn
Yichi Chiang
Hannah Chou
Elana Cooper
Steven Galat
Kseniya Khvashchynskaya
Gabrielle Monachino
Crystal Qi
Alan Snow
Yu Xin
Nanao Yamada

VIOLA

Regular Members

Elizabeth Bellisario
Rebecca Boelzner*
Roslyn Green*
Aleksa Kuzma
Kevin Lin
Rachel Mostek
Sofia Nikas
Enrique Olvera
Hanna Pederson
Bethany Pereboom
Chihiro Tanaka
Benjamin Wagner

Associate Members

Alexa Thomson
Matthew Weathers
Jonathan Moore
Leonardo Vasquez Chacon
Bonnie Heung
Seth Van Embden
Anton Boutkov
Alexia Bigari
Michael Zahlit
Edward Schenkman
Taisiya Sokolova
Alex Giger
Meng-Hsien Cheng

CELLO

Regular Members

Najette Abouelhadi
Adam Ayers
Eva María Barbado Gutiérrez
Philip Bergman*
Jingjing Hu
Martin Meyer
Kelly Quesada
Denielle Wilson
Nari Yoon

 

Associate Members

Philip Lee
Daniel Hoppe
Lucas Buterbaugh
Kelly Knox
Johnny Mok
Jason Mooney
Irene Han
Miles Link
Alex Chambers-Ozasky

DOUBLE BASS

Regular Members

Nick Adams
Adam Attard
Joe Bauer*
Mathew Burri
Vincent Galvan
Greg Heintz
Lindsey Orcutt
Vincent Trautwein

 

Associate Members

Rich Harbison
George Hillstrom
Maggie Lin
Hannah Novak

FLUTE

Regular Members

Evan Fojtik
Gabriel Fridkis
Christy Kim

Associate Members

Alexandria Hoffman
Evan Pengra Sult
Bridget Pei
Leah Stevens

OBOE

Regular Members

Erik Andrusyak
Andrew Cooper
Siyoon Park*

Associate Members

Allison Rye
Aaron Wilbert
Lindsay Wiley
Lillia Woolschlager

CLARINET

Regular Members

Nicolas Chona
John Milakovich
Juan Olivares*

Associate Members

Laurie Blanchet
Donghyeon Choi
Andrew Collins
Elisha Willinger
Theresa Zick
Sung Yong Cho
Timothy Yung
Shelagh Haney

BASSOON

Regular Members

Sandra Bailey*
Ben Roidl-Ward
Jacob Thonis



Associate Members

Vincent Disantis
Nicholas Ritter
Anthony Adario

HORN

Regular Members

Stephanie Diebel
Devin Gossett
Laura Pitkin*
Renée Vogen
Kelsey Williams

 

Associate Members

Abigail Black
Brian Goodwin
Brad Granville
Hana Inoue
Kyle Thompson

TRUMPET

Regular Members

Minwoo Kang
Bryant Millet
Daniel Price*

Associate Members

Shea Kelsay
Kevin Natoli
Theresa Coffey
Joel Cantoran
Julia Tsuchiya-Mayhew
Jennifer Hepp

TROMBONE

Regular Members

James Perez
Lucas Steidinger

    

Associate Members

Robert Blumstein
Ignacio del Rey Tomas-Biosca
Kevin Dombrowski
Jonathan McNeer
Brian Johnston
Camden Scarborough
James Seymour

BASS TROMBONE

Regular Member

Robinson Schulze*

 

TUBA

Regular Member

Jarrett McCourt

Associate Members

Akshat Jain
Frank John
Riley Lindsey
Serena Voltz
James Zimmermann

TIMPANI

Regular Member

Matthew Kibort

Associate Members

Dan Benson
Brad Davis
Leo Taylor
Sarah Christianson

PERCUSSION

Regular Members

Wai Chi Tang
Jason Yoder

 

Associate Members

Benjamin Krauss
Boyan Tantchev

HARP

Regular Member

Eleanor Kirk

 

Associate Members

Taylor Fleshman

KEYBOARD

Regular Member

Pei-yeh Tsai*

Associate Members

Tyler Kivel
Hyemi Kwon

 

LIBRARIAN

 

Claudia Restrepo

 

* denotes Civic Fellow