Jennie Oh Brown, incoming executive director of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.

“Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO), which serves some 10,000 young musicians annually, both at its own facilities and in schools, has named a new executive director in Jennie Oh Brown,” writes Edward Edgerton in Wednesday’s (5/3) Musical America (subscription required). “She succeeds Susan Lappe, who left in November after five years in the job to become VP of development for the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance. Madalyne Tregellas Maxwell has been serving as interim…. CYSO programs include symphony orchestra, string orchestra, steelpan, jazz band, chamber music, and music composition. Brown most recently was artistic director with Epiphany Center for the Arts … for which she produced both concerts and educational programs. Before that she was executive and artistic director of Ear Taxi [Music] Festival in 2021; founder, director, and faculty member of Credo Flute; and taught at Wheaton College and Elmhurst University. She is on the board of Chamber Music America.” Brown holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Performance, Repertoire, and Literature degrees from Eastman School of Music. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy. Brown is the parent of CYSO alumni.