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
Maria Arrua Gonzalez*
Yoojin Baek
Sarah Bowen
Hannah Cartwright
Hsin-Yu Chen
Kai-wei Chen
Lilian Chou
Hannah Christiansen
Alex Giger
Izumi Hoshino
Munjung Jung
Jeongwon Kim
Natalie Lee
Arthur Masyuk
Joanna Nerius
Alex Norris
Anne-Sophie Paquet
Rachel Peters
Anna Piotrowski
YaeEun Shin
Liaht Slobodkin
Seungmi Sun
Brent Taghap
Eva Trigueros
Joe Vucekovich
Sofie Yang
Tong Yu

Associate Members

Anna Bishop
Sara Bowers
Natalie Frantz
Steven Galat
Yuan Gao
Xiaoke Guo
Robbie Herbst
Alana Olswing
Laura Schafer
Cara Schlecker
Lydia Sewell
Jiuri Yu

VIOLA

Regular Members

Susan Bengtson
Rebecca Boelzner
Roslyn Green*
Annija Kerno
Aleksa Kuzma
Kevin Lin
Enrique Olvera
Seth Pae
Ariel Patkin
Helen Rucinski
Chihiro Tanaka

Associate Members

Jonathan Moore
Hanna Pederson
Alexandra Takasugi
Matthew Weathers

CELLO

Regular Members

Adam Ayers
Eva María Barbado Gutiérrez
Allison Chambers
Diane Chou
Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir
Kelly Quesada
Nicholas Swett*
Denielle Wilson*
Emily Yoshimoto
Nomin Zolzaya

Associate Members

Clare Monfredo
Jason Mooney
Soyoon Park
Allison Rich
Henry Stubbs

DOUBLE BASS

Regular Members

Nick Adams
Joe Bauer*
Mathew Burri
Christopher DeMarco
Vincent Galvan
Greg Heintz
Daniel Meyers
Vincent Trautwein

FLUTE

Regular Members

Kayla Burggraf
Christy Kim*
Gabriel Mende-Fridkis

Associate Members

Laura del Sol Jiminez

OBOE

Regular Members

Erik Andrusyak
Andrew Cooper
Siyoon Park*

Associate Members

Mika Allison
Andrew Eshbach
Emily Fagan
Thomas Friedle
Kai Fung Lee

CLARINET

Regular Members

Nicholas Brown
Gordon Daole-Wellman*
Cally Laughlin

Associate Members

Laurie Blanchet
Fulvio Capra
Luke Eckhoff
Joel Smith
Ryan Stockhausen

BASSOON

Regular Members

Quinn Delaney
Midori Samson*
Yunfeng Yao

Associate Members

Sandra Bailey
Rachel Juszczak
Nicholas Ritter
Benjamin Ungar
Ben Roidl-Ward

HORN

Regular Members

Stephanie Diebel
Devin Gossett
Laura Pitkin*
Renée Vogen
Kelsey Williams

Associate Members

Brad Granville
Taylor Peterson
Kyle Thompson
Andrew Truskowski

TRUMPET

Regular Members

Bryant Millet
Daniel Price
Alexander Schwarz*

Associate Members

Joshua Becker
Audrey Lidke
Andrew Szymanek
Nuttapong Veerapun

TROMBONE

Regular Members

James Perez
Lucas Steidinger     

Associate Members

Ignacio del Rey Tomas-Biosca
Kevin Dombrowski
Stephen Farrell
Victoria Garcia
Brian Johnston
David Kidd
Brittany Lasch
James Seymour

BASS TROMBONE

Regular Member

Robinson Schulze*

Associate Members

André Prouty
Sean Yeung

TUBA

Regular Member

Joseph LeFevre

Associate Members

Aden Beery
Akshat Jain
Matthew Johnson
Riley Lindsey
Ethan Morrison
Francesco Porta
Joseph Ready

TIMPANI

Regular Member

Matthew Kibort

Associate Members

Michael Basak
Paul Brumleve
Jacob Mannion

PERCUSSION

Regular Members

Patrick Speranza
Wai Chi Tang

Associate Members

Benjamin Krauss
Rebecca Laurito
Nick Sakakeeny
Madison Shake
Leo Taylor

HARP

Regular Member

Jordan Thomas

Associate Members

Eleanor Kirk
Alix Raspe

KEYBOARD

Regular Member

Pei-yeh Tsai*

Associate Members

Chao Gao
Reece Johns
Hyemi Kwon

LIBRARIAN

Claudia Restrepo

 

* denotes Civic Fellow