CYSO’s board member is also an alum
February 8th, 2017
Chicago businesswoman Alison Donnelly will be among those applauding the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras when it performs Feb. 11 at Four Seasons Chicago.
Donnelly is a CYSO board member and a former orchestra member. She played viola.
Donnelly was a teenager from Wheaton in the 1990s when she joined the CYSO.
“The music experience was second to none,” she said. But playing with a diverse group of students from across the Chicago area “broadened my perspective and opened my eyes,” she recalls.
“I became friends with people so different than me, and we had this one connection that brought us together. Many of my closest friends were from the orchestra — people I’d see on a weekly basis,” she said.
Donnelly went on two European tours with the orchestra. After high school, she studied music for a year at the Boston University College of Fine Arts before switching to the college of communication. She worked for a decade at ITW before being named director of external communications at Deerfield-based Surgical Care Affiliates last year.
Donnelly serves on the CYSO’s executive committee over marketing. It’s a volunteer position and allows her a chance to share CYSO’s story.