The Chicago Youth in Music Festival is an annual celebration of young classical musicians, presented in collaboration with Greater Chicago’s top community music schools and youth orchestras.

Due to scheduling conflicts, there will be no Festival Orchestra in 2017/18.

Community youth orchestra side by side with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Orchestra Hall
Erina Yashima, conductor
Young musicians from The People’s Music School, Ravinia Festival, and Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project convene for a day of sectionals and side by side playing with musicians of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, conducted by CSO Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice Erina Yashima.
Crain-Maling Foundation CSO Young Artists Competition Piano Finals
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 2 p.m.
Orchestra Hall
Erina Yashima, conductor
Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Free and open to the public 

Reserve tickets here

Since 1919, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Youth Auditions have featured the most talented young soloists from across Illinois. Now known as the CSO Young Artists Competition, four piano finalists who were identified through a rigorous competition will play onstage in Orchestra Hall, accompanied by the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and conducted by CSO Sir Georg Solti Apprentice Erina Yashima. The winner will solo with the CSO during its 2018/19 season.
Master Classes with Musicians of the CSO
Featuring students from Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestras, Merit School of Music, Midwest Young Artists, and Music Institute of Chicago.
All master classes are free and open to the public. Tickets will be available for reservation beginning Monday, January 29, 2018.  
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 6-8 p.m.
Horn: Dan Gingrich, CSO acting principal horn
Trumpet: Tage Larsen, CSO CSO trumpet
Violin: Yuan-Qing Yu, CSO assistant concertmaster
Cello: John Sharp, CSO principal cello
Bass: Alex Hanna, CSO principal bass
Monday, March 5, 2018, 6-8 p.m.
Flute: Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, CSO principal flute
Oboe: Lora Schaefer, CSO second oboe
Clarinet: Steve Williamson, CSO principal clarinet
Bassoon: Keith Buncke, CSO principal bassoon
Viola: Li-Kuo Chang, CSO assistant principal viola
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6-8 p.m.
Trombone: Michael Mulcahy, CSO second trombone

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 6-8 p.m.
Timpani: David Herbert, CSO principal timpani


This program is sponsored in part by Allstate Insurance Company, the Youth Education Program Sponsor.