What’s a training orchestra? Defining the Civic Orchestra of Chicago

During my two years here, many people have asked me, “What is the Civic Orchestra? Is it a professional group?  Is it an internship?  Is it an educational program?”  The truth is, it contains a bit of all of these elements while also instilling our greater mission of fulfilling a civic duty to advocate for…

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Fellowship of the Civic: Explaining the duties of a Civic Fellow

As a Civic Orchestra of Chicago Fellow, I often am asked what the fellows do. In response, I answer that we participate in diverse projects that develop our musicianship and creativity with the aim of preparing us for careers as artists in a rapidly-changing field. As fellows, we perform in Symphony Center and in schools…

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