Rachel K., Prep Concert Master

Dear CIYS Families and Donors,

My heartfelt gratitude to you for being a part of this incredible musical organization whose mission is to challenge, educate, and stimulate the young musicians of Central Illinois. With your help, the CIYS has been able to provide low tuition rates while at the same time, grow programs for talented youth. Being a member of CIYS has definitely transformed my life and I can’t wait to play again in the upcoming season!

Hari McNally, Parent

Thank you for your generous support in the form of time, talent, and/or treasure!

My son auditioned for the CIYS organization at the recommendation of the another CIYS family member. He was accepted onto the CICO and has absolutely LOVED the experience. During the fall semester, he did not join the brass ensemble. However, he enjoyed his experience so much with the CICO that he very enthusiastically joined the ensemble in the spring. His knowledge of music and his skill on his instrument have both grown over the past year, thanks to the CIYS organization. We are so grateful to our friends for recommending the CIYS to our son. It is an experience our entire family has enjoyed and we are so appreciative of the exhaustive time and effort everyone on the CIYS staff gives to these talented young musicians.

Martee Lew, Parent

This is the first year that my son, Zach Lew, has performed in CIYS and he loves it! Even though he’s involved with marching band, concert band, and jazz band at school, he enjoys CIYS because it’s a whole new style of music (orchestral music) that he has never had the opportunity to perform before. He likes the strings so much that he asked for a violin for Christmas and has started taking lessons. Working with the CIYS and brass ensemble directors has been a positive experience as well. Zach is planning to audition for next year’s CIYS and is encouraging his friends to audition too.