About CYO

The Chicago Youth Orchestra (CYO) is a youth orchestra program housed at American Music Institute in Clarendon Hills. AMI’s Clarendon Hills campus is located 20 miles west of downtown Chicago.

Join the exciting line up of performances and other programs at CYO! All interested young musicians ages 7-18 should apply soon to ensure placement, as space is limited. Audition today for the the Youth Orchestra and/or Chamber Music Program. CYO also provides Scholarships for both Merit and Financial Aid.


Chicago Youth Orchestra’s (CYO) mission is to provide professional leadership and experience to talented young musicians. This inspiration can enable them to expand their musical horizons and enables them to perform to the best of their ability. Allowing young artists to expand their imagination by nurturing a love of music is key to their development and success.