Each season, the CSO offers several Open Rehearsals that offer the unique opportunity to get an insider’s view of the guest artists, conductors and musicians of the orchestra.


Attending students will observe a complete CSO rehearsal from beginning to end. All who attend should remain for the entire two and a half hour rehearsal (there is a 25-minute break approximately halfway through). Following the rehearsal, the conductor, guest artist and/or select members of the CSO will be on hand to take questions from students for a brief Q&A.

Please call 312-294-3076 for more information, or to be placed on our communications list.

In selecting students to attend these programs, please keep the following requests in mind:

  • The number of students to be admitted is limited.  Reservations are required and will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There is no limit to the number of students each confirmed school may bring. However, in distributing reservations equitably, we may fill some large requests only in part.
  • All students who attend should be in grade 9 or up, have a serious interest in the performance and/or appreciation of music, and can therefore participate in a quiet, active and responsible manner.
  • Please plan to bring a sufficient number of chaperones to help reinforce good behavior during the rehearsal.



 This program is sponsored in part by Allstate Insurance Company, the Youth Education Program Sponsor.