2022 CHICAGO YOUTH IN MUSIC FESTIVAL AND
NATIONAL PATHWAYS SUMMIT COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL
SET OF EVENTS IN CHICAGO
CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti Led Side-by-Side Orchestra of
More Than 100 Musicians in Free, Open Rehearsal at Symphony Center to
Conclude Festival on April 11
50 High School Musicians from 10 U.S. Cities and Music Education Leaders and Partners Assembled in Chicago to Participate in Three Days of Workshops, Rehearsals, Discussions and Cultural Activities
CHICAGO – The Chicago Youth in Music Festival (CYMF) took place April 9-11, 2022, representing an ambitious nationwide partnership spanning 10 cities. Participating in the expanded Festival — the first since 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic — were 50 young musicians who are affiliated with pathways programs in Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Nashville, San Antonio, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C. These pathways programs provide a broad array of training and other resources to students whose backgrounds are underrepresented in American orchestras. The weekend also included the inaugural National Pathways Summit bringing together music teachers, administrators, and families of music students, who participated in workgroup meetings on topics such as program sustainability, efficacy, and building a national network. Lina González-Granados, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice, led Festival Orchestra preparatory rehearsals that culminated with student musicians playing Liszt’s Les préludes side-by-side with musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion, in a free open rehearsal led by CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti on Monday, April 11 at Symphony Center. Watch video from the April 11 open rehearsal in a CBS-2 segment available here.