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06/30/2014 - News

Rutter imparts a lasting legacy...

By Citizen Musician

Deborah Rutter, the current president for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, will be leaving her position at the end of the 2013/14 season. During her tenure as the CSOA’s president, Rutter encompassed the ideals of Citizen Musicianship. This was present in her desire to bring more diverse audiences to enjoy performances at Orchestra Hall, and her dedication to bringing music and music education to communities across the city of Chicago. To learn more about Rutter’s journey and accomplishments at the CSOA, please continue...

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06/10/2014 - News

SCP Jazz Series, now in its 20th...

By Citizen Musician

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series, with the leadership of program director Jim Fahey, expands the reach of citizen musicianship beyond the CSO’s classical listenership by bringing diverse audiences of music lovers to the stage at Symphony Center. The series has also inspired work with local Chicago Public School students, both in partnership with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and other visiting SCP jazz artists, such as a recent collaboration with Jason Moran.

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05/27/2014 - News

Truth to Power inspires creativity...

By Citizen Musician

The CSO’s Institute for Learning, Access and Training has facilitated an educational program for schools in Chicago that aligns with the goals of the CSO's Truth to Power Festival. Over the course of the season, teachers at selected schools developed curricula that focused on the work and actions of Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Britten – composers who embody such an important aspect of citizen musicianship: when face with adversity, they used their art to bring together and give voice to their communities.

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05/21/2014 - News

Reconstructing Shostakovich

By Citizen Musician

This spring, the Truth to Power Festival focuses on the music and actions of composers Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, and Benjamin Britten. Shostakovich provides a particularly interesting case – in addition to his already large output of published works, so many of his works were either abandoned or lost, and then rediscovered. Gerard McBurney, a composer and arranger – and artistic programming advisor at the CSO – has been called upon multiple times to recreate Shostakovich’s lost or unfinished work.

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04/29/2014 - News

CSO violist Max Raimi, "Live from...

By Citizen Musician

Max Raimi is a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra viola section. His Citizen Musician project offered periodic performances with CSO colleagues and coaching sessions for students at the Merit School of Music throughout the season.

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04/17/2014 - News

Civic’s Artistic Challenge 2.0:...

By Citizen Musician

Will Riley Robbins is a Citizen Musician Fellow of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. A member of the orchestra for the past two years, Robbins has participated in each Artistic Challenge the most recent culminating in a performance at Orchestra Hall on April 7, 2014. The Artistic Challenge was inspired by Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma, who tasked the musicians of Civic to attain ownership of the music they are performing. 

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03/31/2014 - News

Music in Our Schools Month Spotlight:...

By Citizen Musician

Samantha Gamble is a music teacher at Swift Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois. Gamble works to integrate the arts into core subject areas, and provides meaningful instruction to her students, many of whom are English Language Learners, prompting her to include world music in her teaching. She also strives to give her students ownership of their experiences with music, with a student-produced, upper grade musical. To learn more about her work at Swift, please visit swift.cps.k12.il.us.

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03/27/2014 - News

Music in Our Schools Month Spotlight:...

By Citizen Musician

Whitney Covalle is the choir director at Jones College Prep in Chicago, Illinois. Inspired by music from a young age, Covalle uses her own experiences with music to create an environment for her students to thrive and develop as musicians and as people.

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03/21/2014 - News

Music in our Schools Month Spotlight:...

By Citizen Musician

Leo Park is the orchestra director at Northside College Prep in Chicago, Ill. Over his career at Northside, Park has helped grow his program exponentially, which offers a variety of music classes, including the four orchestras that he teaches. A strong advocate for the arts, and inspired by the Citizen Musician Initiative, Park encourages his students to do more in their community through music.

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03/18/2014 - News

Music in our Schools Month Spotlight:...

By Citizen Musician

Rachel Maxwell is the band director at Traughber Junior High School in Oswego, IL, and she also serves as the junior high fine arts department chair for District 308. Her extensive program not only provides an opportunity for students to learn to play instruments, but also for community members to come together and appreciate the value of arts education. Maxwell’s goal is for students and parents to become advocates for the program, and for music education.