McCormick Foundation Awards Chicago Symphony Orchestra $1 Million

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association has announced a $1 million gift from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in support of its community engagement and educational efforts.

Spearheaded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma — who serves as a creative consultant to CSO — and launched during the 2010-11 season, the orchestra's Citizen Musician initiative works with professional, young, and amateur musicians, music lovers, teachers, and institutions to connect people, create community, and inspire and transform lives through music. Launched in 2008, the Institute for Learning, Access and Training offers programs and events designed to promote lifelong musical citizenship from infancy through early adulthood, create meaningful learning experiences, increase access to musical performances in Chicago communities, and nurture the next generation of aspiring musicians.

"The CSO has a long commitment to providing rich, multicultural experiences to the Chicagoland community through some of the world's finest music," said McCormick Foundation president and CEO David Hiller. "The Citizen Musician initiative expands on this commitment by engaging the Chicago Public School system and providing at-risk youth and families access to programming and learning opportunities they would not otherwise have."

"McCormick Foundation Makes $1 Million Gift to Chicago Symphony Orchestra." Chicago Symohony Orchestra Press Release 02/15/2012.