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INTRO


Increasingly recognized as
one of the most inspiring
and exciting conductors and
teachers of his generation, 
Allen Tinkham is in his 17th
season as Music Director of
the Chicago Youth Symphony
Orchestras and his 3rd season
as Music Director of the
Chicago Composers Orchestra.

 

ABOUT ALLEN →

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INTRO


Increasingly recognized as
one of the most inspiring
and exciting conductors and
teachers of his generation, 
Allen Tinkham is in his 17th
season as Music Director of
the Chicago Youth Symphony
Orchestras and his 3rd season
as Music Director of the
Chicago Composers Orchestra.

 

ABOUT ALLEN →

 

"...one of the country's most famous youth outfits..."

- MUSO Magazine
 

 
 

"...the CCO fills a gaping void on the classical music scene..." 

- Chicago Classical Review

 
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HIGHLIGHTS


 

"With no contradictory evidence at
hand, one must accept the assertion
of the Chicago Youth Symphony
Orchestras that the performance by
the CYSO Symphony Orchestra
Sunday evening at Orchestra Hall
of Edgard Varese’s “Ameriques”...
was the first by an American youth
orchestra. Only a youth orchestra
undergirded by strong programs of
instrumental pedagogy could have
done justice to so difficult and
demanding an opus. Music director
Allen Tinkham had his 125 young
players digging into the pile-driver
blocks of sound and eruptive
instrumental detail with gusto but
also with a clear-headed sense of
how to balance the complex layers
of sound. The performance would
have done credit to an adult
professional ensemble."

 

-John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

 

PHOTO:  Ed Spinelli Photography

 

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS


 

"With no contradictory evidence at
hand, one must accept the assertion
of the Chicago Youth Symphony
Orchestras that the performance by
the CYSO Symphony Orchestra
Sunday evening at Orchestra Hall
of Edgard Varese’s “Ameriques”...
was the first by an American youth
orchestra. Only a youth orchestra
undergirded by strong programs of
instrumental pedagogy could have
done justice to so difficult and
demanding an opus. Music director
Allen Tinkham had his 125 young
players digging into the pile-driver
blocks of sound and eruptive
instrumental detail with gusto but
also with a clear-headed sense of
how to balance the complex layers
of sound. The performance would
have done credit to an adult
professional ensemble."

 

-John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

 

PHOTO:  Ed Spinelli Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 
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"...very obviously
an excellent conductor, 
with solid musical ideas
and the ability to
communicate those ideas..."

- Arlene Bachanov,
The Daily Telegram

READ THE REVIEW

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UPCOMING


The League of American

Orchestras presents

CYSO & Music Director

Allen Tinkham

with Demarre McGill and

Anthony McGill
 


 

MICHAEL ABELS : Winged Creatures (world premiere)

SAMUEL BARBER : Symphony No. 1 in One Movement, Op. 9


CYSO Symphony Orchestra

Demarre McGill, Flute
Anthony McGill, Clarinet

Allen Tinkham, Music Director

Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center
June 14, 2018 | 4PM

PHOTO:  Ed Spinelli Photography

UPCOMING


The League of American

Orchestras presents

CYSO & Music Director

Allen Tinkham

with Demarre McGill and

Anthony McGill
 


 

MICHAEL ABELS : Winged Creatures (world premiere)

SAMUEL BARBER : Symphony No. 1 in One Movement, Op. 9


CYSO Symphony Orchestra

Demarre McGill, Flute
Anthony McGill, Clarinet

Allen Tinkham, Music Director

Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center
June 14, 2018 | 4PM

PHOTO:  Ed Spinelli Photography

UPCOMING


JUNE 16 | 2:00PM
CYSO Symphony Orchestra
Fine Arts Building, Studebaker Theater

Allen Tinkham, Conductor
Demarre McGill, Flute
Anthony McGill, Clarinet


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INTERVIEW


"The Chicago Composers
Orchestra makes a splashy hire."

- Chicago Magazine

PHOTO:  Ed Spinelli Photography







 

INTERVIEW


"The Chicago Composers
Orchestra makes a splashy hire."

- Chicago Magazine

PHOTO:  Ed Spinelli Photography







 

 
 

"Conductor Allen Tinkham,
the well-respected music director
of the Chicago Youth
Symphony Orchestras,
adds a new music directorship
to his résumé...."


- Graham Meyer, Chicago Magazine

READ THE INTERVIEW

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LISTEN


"...just as carefully chosen
and beautifully executed as
the rest of the programme..."

- MUSO Magazine

PHOTO: Lad Strayer Photography

 



 

LISTEN


"...just as carefully chosen
and beautifully executed as
the rest of the programme..."

- MUSO Magazine

PHOTO: Lad Strayer Photography

 



 

LIVE RECORDINGS

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PRESS


Allen Tinkham is hailed
by the Chicago Tribune
as one of the most
important "educators, 
mentors and inspirational
guides in the training of
tomorrow's orchestral
professionals."

PHOTO:  Ed Spinelli Photography
 

PRESS


Allen Tinkham is hailed
by the Chicago Tribune
as one of the most
important "educators, 
mentors and inspirational
guides in the training of
tomorrow's orchestral
professionals."

PHOTO:  Ed Spinelli Photography
 

 
 

"His vigorous,
communicative baton
brought forth an adrenalin

rush of superior playing..."

- John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

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VIEW


Explore moments captured
on stage in performance
and rehearsal and off stage
on tour, at events,
and with friends...


PHOTO:  Ed Spinelli Photography

 

 

 

VIEW


Explore moments captured
on stage in performance
and rehearsal and off stage
on tour, at events,
and with friends...


PHOTO:  Ed Spinelli Photography

 

 

 

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WATCH


"Allen Tinkham, it is safe to predict,
will one day...garner a major
U.S. podium of his own." 

- John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

PHOTO:  Ed Spinelli Photography

 

 

 

 

WATCH


"Allen Tinkham, it is safe to predict,
will one day...garner a major
U.S. podium of his own." 

- John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

PHOTO:  Ed Spinelli Photography

 

 

 

 

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IDEAS


"New music is new ideas. 
I can't think of another time
in world history when it was
more important for us to have
open ears and open minds. 
Contemporary music
encourages that in us, 
consciously and subconsciously."
   
   - Allen Tinkham

 

IDEAS


"New music is new ideas. 
I can't think of another time
in world history when it was
more important for us to have
open ears and open minds. 
Contemporary music
encourages that in us, 
consciously and subconsciously."
   
   - Allen Tinkham

 

KEEP IN TOUCH


Allen will also share his ideas on life, art, and music in his upcoming blog launching soon.