"Prairie Sunrise, Prairie Sunset" Commission Project
Join the celebration! The CIYS wants to commemorate 50 years' worth of young musicians that have played in our groups by having a new piece of music written just for this occasion.
In collaboration with Dr. John Orfe, the CIYS is commissioning an orchestral work that celebrates not only the exciting history of the CIYS, our students, and supporters, but also the beauty of a central Illinois sunrise and sunset.
It will be premiered by the Youth Symphony at the April 17, 2016 concert.
You can be a part of CIYS history by donating to this project! Follow the link below to make a donation to our Kickstarter project. Our goal is to raise $15,000, and there are some exciting prizes for donating!
Thank you for backing our commission!
Jim & Masako Johnson
The Central Illinois Youth Symphony is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling the need for a superior musical organization that will challenge, educate, and stimulate the young musicians of central Illinois. Founded as a single symphony in 1965 by visionary music educators, the CIYS has grown to encompass three orchestras and an extensive chamber music program.