Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Founded in 1919, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago is the only training orchestra affiliated with a major American orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Its principal goal is to recruit a diverse group of the very best pre-professional musicians and train them at the highest level as orchestra players committed to their craft and to the community. Their talent and enthusiasm has engendered great praise among critics. Dennis Moore hosts the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, airing Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on Classical 91.5/90.3/HD 91.5-1.
Recruited from the best music schools in the country and around the world, these diverse young musicians are given the incredible opportunity to be mentored by musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor, Cliff Colnot. They are committed to developing their ensemble playing at the highest level.
Civic alumni have joined orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minnesota, and Louisville orchestras; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the San Francisco, Boston, Pittsburgh, Houston, Baltimore, Saint Louis, and National symphonies; the Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestras; and many other symphony orchestras around the world.