Back to Business: Reflecting on April 24 – May 7, 2019

While I was walking to an offsite event at the Woman’s Athletic Club – the historic, French-style classical building located on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile – I received a message that the CSO had reached a contract agreement and would be back in Symphony Center in a matter of days. The very kind, generous, and wonderful…

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Chicago Youth in Music Festival and Mocrep: Reflecting on February 13-26, 2019

The second half of February was filled with opportunities for the Civic Fellow to learn and teach. We were excited to attend the first workshop of the Civic Orchestra’s collaboration with Mocrep, a Chicago-based performing art ensemble founded by Civic alumni. At the workshop, Mocrep performers guided us through exercises in which we devised original…

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Women at the Symphony (Part 2): Missy Mazzoli and Women in Composition

While contemplating the problem of women’s underrepresentation in orchestra seasons (see Part 1 here), I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Mead Composer-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli. Mazzoli has one of the most exciting careers of any composer working today; her work is performed all over the world, prominent artists have…

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