Orchestra News

CWSO Fall Season Starts August 22

We’re delighted to announce the beginning of the Fall 2022 concert and rehearsal season for the Chicago City-Wide Symphony Orchestra! Join us again for full-group rehearsals starting Monday, August 22, 2022, from 6:45–8:45 pm at the Jefferson Memorial Fieldhouse. All instruments are welcome and encouraged to join us, but we…

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CWSO Welcomes Music Instructor Jason Ellis

Jason Ellis is thrilled to join the team at Jefferson Park as music instructor and Park liaison for CWSO!  Jason has taught at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Merit School of Music, The Chicago High School for the Arts, as well as his alma mater, The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana…

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Jennifer Huang, Associate Conductor

We are pleased to welcome Jennifer Huang as associate conductor for the CWSO! She will be joining us for the June 12, 2022, summer concert. JENNIFER HUANG is a Taiwanese-American conductor currently serving as Assistant Conductor of the Northwestern University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras in the Bienen School of Music,…

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Our Next Concert: June 12

We’re so pleased to announce our first concert back in person! The concert will take place on June 12, 2022, at the Jefferson Memorial Fieldhouse. Attendance is free, but space is limited and standing room will not be available. Register on the Chicago Park District Website. Concert Program Orchestral Suite…

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Meet the Orchestra: Flutes

We’ve got four very talented flautists.  Far-left is Shannon, a law student who plays both flute and the Chinese Harp, the Konghou. Next to her at middle-left is Deb, who has started with the Orchestra three times in the past few years, each time to be interrupted by life and a big…

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Meet the Orchestra: Trumpets

Let’s meet the trumpets this week. Phil, left, was in his high school marching band and says he’s very happy to pick up his instrument after a long hiatus to make music again. He’s also about to start raising chickens in his backyard. Clentice, right, has been with the orchestra for 13 years.  He…

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Meet the Orchestra: Trombones

Meet the Orchestra! This week it’s dem bones, dem bones, dem Trombones. Michael (left) says he used to play trombone in a ska band. Niko Kyriacou (middle) has played in the Michigan Marching Band. Kris Kay (right) taught music and band for 17 years. They are a fun bunch. Say hello to Michael, Niko,…

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Meet the Orchestra: Oboes

We are so excited to see so many old faces we haven’t seen since pre-pandemic times, and lots of wonderful new faces too. This week let’s meet the Oboes. Ethan Dylan Derda has been with the orchestra for many years and is currently working on a degree in oboe performance. He organizes a reed-ing circle,…

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Rehearsals are back on!

We’re excited to announce that the Chicago City-Wide Orchestra is resuming rehearsals, effective January 2022. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings in the Jefferson Memorial Fieldhouse, just off the Jefferson Park Blue Line station. Participants should plan to attend from 6:45-8:45 pm, with rehearsal beginning promptly at 7 pm. Due…

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