Civic Orchestra of Chicago — Ken-David Masur, Principal Conductor

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. 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

Fahad Awan
Joshua Burca
Hannah Cartwright
Hannah Christiansen*
Joe DeAngelo
Diego Diaz
John Heffernan*
Alexandria Hill
Akane Hinamoto
Pauline Kempf
Elliot Lee*
Jamie Andrusyak
Luke Lentini
Allison Lovera
Amanda Marshall
Marianne Martinoli
Zoë Merrill
Tabitha Oh*
Maki Omori
Rachel Peters
Anna Piotrowski
Owen Ruff
Arianna Schickel
Naomi Schrank
Kristen Seto
Genevieve Smelser
Brent Taghap
Joy Vucekovich

Associate Members

Jack Bogard
Jorie Butler-Geyer
Sesil Cho
Elana Cooper
Haley Dietz
Mohamed-Aly Farag
Kelsey Ferguson
Steven Galat
Jonathan Hwang
Sungjoo Kang
Olivia Kim
Tin Yan Lee
Yun-Hsuan Lo
Lara Madden
Gabrielle Monachino
Sarah Park
Olya Prohorova
Crystal Qi
Lara Schafer
Carolyn Van De Velde
Matthew Weinberg
Yu Xin
Sophie Yang
Yen-Ju Young
Kathleen Yuan

VIOLA

Regular Members

Elizabeth Bellisario
Ye Jin Goo
Rachel Mostek
Sofia Nikas
Enrique Olvera
Hanna Pederson
Bethany Pereboom*
Taisiya Sokolova
Chloé Thominet
Seth Van Embden
Benjamin Wagner

Associate Members

Kelly Bartek
Alex Giger
Rebecca Gu
Anna Ivanova
Sae Rheen Kim
Esther Kim

CELLO

Regular Members

Najette Abouelhadi
Eva María Barbado Gutiérrez
Philip Bergman*
James Cooper
Noémie Golubovic
Jordan Gunn
Jacob Hanegan
Dara Hankins
Jingjing Hu
Martin Meyer

Associate Members

Sophie Benn
Ethan Brown
David Caplan
Daniel Hoppe
Victor Huls
Joseph Isom
Miles Link
Meghan Lyda
Johnny Mok
David Myers
Robyn Neidhold
InYoung Park
Soyoon Park

DOUBLE BASS

Regular Members

Adam Attard
Nick DeLaurentis
Emmett Jackson
Wesley Jones
Maggie Lin
Lindsey Orcutt
Isaac Polinsky
Vincent Trautwein

Associate Members

George Hillstrom
Michael Martin
Riley Zimmermann

FLUTE

Regular Members

Evan Fojtik
Alexandria Hoffman*
Eric Leise

Associate Members

Trey Bradshaw
Justin Brown-Gnarra
JooYon Chung
Rachael Dobosz
Alicia Kim
Bridget Pei

OBOE

Regular Members

Erik Andrusyak
Samuel Waring
Laura Yawney*

Associate Members

Ashley Ertz
Nathan Ingrim
Allison Rye
Lindsay Wiley
Lillia Woolschlager
Young Sun Yoo

CLARINET

Regular Members

Laurie Blanchet
Nicolas Chona
Juan Gabriel Olivares*

Associate Members

David Boutin-Bourque
Donghyeon Choi
Nicholas Davies
Alejandro Dergal
Kelsi Doolittle
Emily Kerski
Gilwoo Kim
Alessandro Tenorio-Bucci
Theresa Zick

BASSOON

Regular Members

Chia-Yu Hsu
Nicholas Ritter
Ben Roidl-Ward

Associate Members

Anthony Adario
Vincent Disantis
Cameron Keenan
Tsz Ho Liu

HORN

Regular Members

Abigail Black
Katherine Seybold
Kelsey Williams

Associate Members

Emma Shaw
Kyle Thompson
Zachary Travis

TRUMPET

Regular Members

David Nakazono
Daniel Price
Michael Terrasi

Associate Members

Joel Campau
Luis Cárdenas Casillas
Morgen Low
Kevin Natoli
Michael Pranger

TROMBONE

Regular Members

Ignacio del Rey Tomas-Biosca
Brian Johnston

    

Associate Members

Robert Blumstein
Liam Glendening
Harry Gonzalez
Max-Olivier Houtris
Jonathan Kraft
Jonathan McNeer
Jacob Mezera
John Niro

BASS TROMBONE

Regular Member

Robinson Schulze

Associate Members

Caleb Christiansen
Pietro Spina

TUBA

Regular Member

Jarrett McCourt

Associate Members

Keith Alcius
Zachariah Dietenberger
Will Druiett
Colby Fahrenbacher
Christopher Hall
Akshat Jain
Jisang Lee
Riley Lindsey
Derek Manteufel
Alec Mawrence
Joseph Mora
Serena Voltz
Kevin Hsuan-Wei Weng Lin

TIMPANI

Regular Member

Jason Yoder

Associate Members

Dan Benson
Sarah Christianson
George Tantchev
Leo Taylor

PERCUSSION

Regular Members

Joseph Bricker
Taylor Hampton

Associate Members

Tarun Bellur
Won Suk Lee
Boyan Tantchev

HARP

Regular Member

Eleanor Kirk

Associate Members

Samantha Bittle
Juri Saito
Autumn Selover

KEYBOARD

Regular Member

Pei-yeh Tsai*

Associate Members

Wenlin Cheng
Tyler Kivel

LIBRARIAN

Elizabeth Bellisario

* denotes Civic Fellow