Civic Orchestra of Chicago

  • Hosted by Riccardo Muti

A signature initiative of the CSO's Institute for Learning, Access and Training, the Civic Orchestra provides promising career-bound musicians a unique access to the musical resources of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and hands-on training experiences with the musicians of the CSO and some of today's most sought-after conductors including CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti.

Under the leadership of Civic Principal Conductor Cliff Colnot and CSO Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma, the Civic Orchestra musicians develop as exceptional orchestral players and engaged citizen musicians, and cultivate their ability to succeed in the rapidly evolving world of music in the 21st century.

The Civic gives critically acclaimed performances in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, and in other parts of the metropolitan area; its members also give chamber concerts, and all these performances are free of charge to the greater Chicago community.

Over the years, many Civic members have gone on to distinguished careers in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as all the major orchestras of the United States and throughout the world.