One of the wonderful things about being a member of the Civic Orchestra is playing under the baton of the preeminent Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti. This season we met with him in September and April and worked on the first two movements of Brahms’ Fourth and Third symphonies respectively. We spent a few […]Read more "On Open Rehearsals with Riccardo Muti"
The past few weeks have been uncharacteristically quiet, giving the fellows a much needed reprieve to work on individual projects, learn new music, prepare for auditions, and catch-up on rest. Just before our break began, we were fortunate to have Tad Gray, a Chicago-based finance expert, lead us in a workshop concerning how to best […]Read more "A Fellows’ Reflection: April 10 – 24, 2017"
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 […]Read more "What’s a training orchestra? Defining the Civic Orchestra of Chicago"