That’s a Wrap! Recapping the Civic Fellows’ 2018/19 season.

And just like that, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s 2018/19 Season came to a close! Some highlights from last season included CSO-Connect, residencies at Illinois Youth Center Chicago (IYCC) and BRAVE Youth Leaders, team community engagement projects, and last but not least, two Purpose over Pain songwriting projects with the London-based Irene Taylor Trust. Keep…

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Developing Relationships with Future Leaders: Reflecting on Fellows’ Activities from February 27 to March 12, 2019.

Early March was a whirlwind of activity for the Civic Fellows. Sara Lee and Rex Horan, who helped guide us through our Purpose Over Pain project last December, joined us once again to work with members of the youth leadership group known as B.R.A.V.E. as well as young men from Illinois Youth Center-Chicago (IYCC). Half…

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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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