Women at the Symphony (Part 1)

When was the last time you went to a subscription concert at a major symphony orchestra and heard a program of pieces all composed by women? When was the last time you heard a program of pieces written exclusively by men? Like most people, my respective answers to those questions are “never” and “almost always.”…

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Special Project: Chicago Speaks, Chicago Listens

When I began researching the kinds of programs the Civic Orchestra of Chicago engages in, I noticed that most of them focused on taking people and ideas from Symphony Center and bringing them out into other communities. Civic often collaborates with other individuals and organizations, but it generally does so in their communities. There is…

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Chicago Public Schools Connect with the CSOA through a Season-Long Partnership

Now in its fourth season, CSO-Connect is a partnership program between the CSO and Chicago Public Schools that functions as a professional development program for CPS teachers from arts and non-arts classrooms. The program focuses on building leadership skills in the area of arts integration. While participating in multiple workshops, teachers analyze their school’s data…

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