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Yo-Yo Ma partners with the CSO for first-ever Citizen Musician Fellowship Program

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced today that renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will partner with the CSO's training orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, for its first-ever Citizen Musician Fellowship Program during the 2013/14 season.

Ma will mentor eight Civic members in the one-year pilot program, during which the young musicians will work with music programs in the Chicago public schools and community organizations, receive musical entrepreneurship training with Chicago-based ensembles, and develop their own community activities and projects to celebrate the transformative power of music. The Citizen Musician Fellows will also receive guidance from members of the CSO and other professionals who have pursued innovative careers in music. The one-year program may serve as the basis for the future development of a two-year Citizen Musicianship Fellowship curriculum. READ THE FULL STORY IN examiner.com