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Next Gen Comes Knocking

Amanda Goedde of CYSO

Amanda Goedde of CYSO

Here’s what we know about the next generation:

Kids listen to “anything on the internet and their smartphones. They can access anything they want, whenever they want.”

Conclusion?

We’d best provide good things for them to find.

Staff members from the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra came out in force to volunteer for the WFMT membership drive. It is a privilege to share some time with these people. Learning about their work comes with a challenge: how do we take this knowledge and extend CYSO’s mission to WFMT’s airwaves? Here are some of the things they shared with us:

(Music is) a common thread that ties kids from different areas, backgrounds etc. together, and gives them something in common.

—Madalyne Tregellas, CYSO operations coordinator

Alan Tinkham

Alan Tinkham, CYSO music director

A favorite memory of mine comes from a drive from Chicago to Aspen, CO. I have enjoyed WFMT in my car since I came to Chicago in 2013, but it was on a long drive that I first tried streaming WFMT to my smartphone, allowing me to listen to WFMT all the way to Aspen!

—Allen Tinkham, CYSO music director

(Music gives them) a sense of community (through) pursuit of a common goal, fun with like-minded peers.

—Meredith Shaner, CYSO development manager

Kids listen to many different sources, but these days they are primarily listening online.

—Allen Tinkham, CYSO Music Director

The vigor and dedication with which the students approach the music is truly inspiring. The performance level of our students is essentially professional.

—Brian Baxter, CYSO director of operations

Meredith Shaner and Brian Baxter

Meredith Shaner and Brian Baxter, CYSO staff

The kids most enjoy big, challenging pieces like Stravinsky ballets, Mahler symphonies, and Strauss tone poems.

—Allen Tinkham, CYSO music director

(Music is) how they indentify themselves; what makes them unique.

—Brian Baxter, CYSO director of operations

I know they get really excited and tell all their friends when they or CYSO are on Introductions. (They listen to) anything on the internet and their smartphones. They can access anything they want, whenever they want.

—Madalyne Tregellas, CYSO operations coordinator

All the kids listen to the music we perform. This is part of their training. I know many listen to WFMT, though I bet most listen via streaming rather than on the air.

—Allen Tinkham, CYSO music director

Staff of CYSO makes real-time tweets about their WFMT visit

Staff of CYSO makes real-time tweets about their WFMT visit

CYSO kids listen to everything Maestro Tinkham says! He is their guru.

—Martha Nolin, CYSO business manager

Favorite WFMT moment: anytime I get to hear a piece I didn’t know existed.

—Madalyne Tregellas, CYSO operations coordinator

(The kids loved) the Mahler 5 performance on Introductions.

—Martha Nolin, CYSO business manager

 

 What kids like to hear: CYSO performances on WFMT Introductions. Specifically our Rite of Spring from 2011.

—Brian Baxter, CYSO director of operations

Martha Nolin, CYSO business manager

Martha Nolin, CYSO business manager

What kids like to play: the big symphonies (Tchaik, Mahler, Beethoven), also really challenging pieces like Firebird.

—Madalyne Tregellas, CYSO operations coordinator

Madalyne Tregellas

Madalyne Tregellas, CYSO operations coordinator

 

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