The Chicago Philharmonic established its NEXT! initiative to give extraordinary musicians the opportunity to be heard by Chicago Philharmonic patrons, musicians, and conductors. These fresh talents of merit are showcased in the foyer before Chicago Philharmonic concerts. In recent seasons we have welcomed specially selected students from the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Music Institute Of Chicago, Wheaton College, and DePaul University.

In our 2015-16 season, we welcomed:

  • The Lira Singers, Artists-In-Residence at Loyola University
  • Richard Scofano, Bandoneon
  • A Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra string quartet: Nicole Tong and Micah Yoo, violins; Beatrice Chen, viola; Noah Chen, cello; Chicago Philharmonic violinist Renée-Paule Gauthier, quartet coach

For information about participating in the NEXT! initiative, email us at

Banner photo by Elliot Mandel