The Negaunee Music Institute is committed to developing and nurturing partnerships in communities throughout the city of Chicago in order to provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to actively participate in the life of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


    Children and families from community-based organizations learn about music in their communities and at Symphony Center.


    Since 1997, members of the Civic Orchestra have partnered with schools and community venues in diverse Chicago neighborhoods to offer free chamber music performances and musical experiences for people all over the city.

  • Juvenile Justice

    Launched by Riccardo Muti during his inaugural season as CSO music director, the CSO’s projects for Underserved and Incarcerated Youth engage dozens of young people annually who are in the care of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, Cook County, or the Department of Children and Family Services.


    A songwriting project for pregnant women and new parents, undertaken in collaboration with Chicago-area social service organizations.

  • All-Access Chamber series

    Free chamber music concerts featuring CSO musicians.
    In the 2018/19 All-Access season, experience unparalleled artistry and exceptional, personally curated chamber music performed by members of the CSO. This season, the CSO All-Access Chamber Music series travels to three beautiful locations on Chicago’s South Shore in addition to performing three concerts at Symphony Center’s Buntrock Hall.

  • Peace Initiative

    As part of the CSO’s Initiative for a More Peaceful Chicago, family members who have lost loved ones to gun violence wrote songs of tribute.