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Two Outstanding Young Chicago Cellists

This program includes the "Klezmer Rhapsody" for solo cello, performed with the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band.

On today’s encore broadcast from 2010, we feature 16 year old cellist Allan Steele and 18 year old cellist Ben Friend in two very different performances. Steele was an Overall Open Division Winner of the Walgreens National Concerto Competition and won the opportunity to perform with the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra. Ben Fried, a more…

Susie Lee, 18 piano

Susie is the Principal Pianist in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and Encore Chamber Orchestra, where she was a finalist in the CYSO Concerto Competition.

Listen to this broadcast again here. Susie Lee, 18, is a senior at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL. She commenced her studies at the age of four. Susie has studied with teachers of the Music Institute of Chicago, including Emilio del Rosario, Micah Yui, and Brenda Huang. Susie currently studies with Dr. James more…

DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers

The prize for the winners of the DePaul Concerto Festival is the opportunity to perform with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra.

The DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers was founded in 2003 to provide an opportunity for intermediate level pianists in the Community Music Division to perform with an orchestra. Repertoire was selected from sonatina movements and short piano pieces for which string accompaniments were available. Auditions were held and eight winners were selected to perform more…

LIVE: Kimberly Han, 13, piano

Kimberly won the piano category in 2014 Walgreens National Concerto Competition Open Junior Division.

Kimberly Han, 13-year-old pianist and violinist, is an 8th grader from Deer Path Middle School of Lake Forest, Illinois. She started piano lessons when she was five and a half and has been studying with Brenda Huang for 8 years. She also studies violin with Sonia Hadar at Music Institute of Chicago. Kimberly is a more…

Contrapunctus Quartet of Midwest Young Artists

The Contrapunctus Quartet of the Midwest Young Artists Chamber Music Program (Highwood, IL)

Contrapunctus is a string quartet formed through Midwest Young Artists made up of 4 high school seniors from the Chicagoland area: violinist Alan Snow, 17, John Hersey High School, violinist James Hanford, 18, Evanston Township High School, violist Andrea Ferguson, 18, home schooled, and cellist Miles Link, 18, New Trier High School. Contrapunctus is coached more…

CYSO’s Encore Chamber Orchestra

Music from the Encore Chamber Orchestra's October, 2011 concert at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago.

Music performed by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Encore Chamber Orchestra from their October, 2011 concert given at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library Center in downtown Chicago. Conducted by music director Allen Tinkham. Program: Pablo de Sarasate:  Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs), Op. 20 featuring violinist Tabitha Oh Sergei Prokofiev:  Sinfonia Concertante, op. more…

The Triumvirate of MYA

Triumvirate is a chamber ensemble of Midwest Young Artists.

The Triumvirate is a piano-viola-clarinet trio of the Midwest Young Artists chamber program, and they have been playing together for one year. Under the directorship of Dr. Allan Dennis, MYA provides over 900 young artists with music education for jazz, orchestra, chamber, and theory. The group is coached by Dileep Gangolli, former assistant principal clarinetist more…

Fischoff Competition Winners: Quartet Fuoco of Midwest Young Artists

The members of Quartet Fuoco were the 2014 Gold Medalists in the Junior Division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Quartet Fuoco is a chamber ensemble of the Midwest Young Artists Chamber Music Program in Highwood, IL. It’s members, all the principal players in MYA’s Symphony Orchestra, are Rachel Stenzel (17) and Aidan Perreault (16), violins; David Berghoff (18), viola; and Chris Gao (17), cello. They are coached by Mathias Tacke and Shmuel Ashkenasi (formerly more…

CYSO Encore Chamber Orchestra in music of Philip Glass and Shostakovich

Music from the Encore Chamber Orchestra's October, 2011 concert at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago.

Music of Philip Glass that showcases just how suspenseful the key of C major can be and one of Dmitri Shostakovich’s most personal works. The Encore Chamber Orchestra of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras performed this in April, 2014 at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. Conducted by Music Director more…

Tabitha Oh, 18, violin

Tabitha Oh is one of the concertmasters of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Listen to this program again here. Tabitha Oh, 18, is a senior at the University of Chicago Laboratory High School. She studies the violin with Desiree Ruhstrat of the Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio. This is Tabitha’s fourth year as a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra where she serves as one of three concertmasters. Recent more…