​is an organization focused on bringing more recording to Chicago.

We are a group of musicians with years of experience in performing and producing all types of
​recordings, ​live performances, and TV tapings.

We formed the Chicago Studio Orchestra for clients to have
​access to the top players in Chicago.

We provide a range of musical services,
​coordinating all production and post-production needs.



Katherine Hughes is a versatile musician who has been a professional violinist and contractor in Chicago for over thirty years. In that time, Katherine has appeared with many internationally known artists, and has often performed on radio and television.


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Susan Chatman is a violinist living & working in Los Angeles for recording sessions, TV Shows and Live Performances. A Chicago native, Ms. Chatman majored in music at Hyde Park’s Kenwood High School & Violin Performance at the American Conservatory and Roosevelt’s Chicago Music College.

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The Chicago Studio Orchestra was created to provide access to the best players in the Chicago vicinity.

Drawing from a very diverse pool, we accommodate any musical style needed for recording sessions, sidelining and live performances.

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Third Coast Music will hold Composer/Artist workshops with the Chicago Studio Orchestra at various recording studios in the Chicago area.

This will give arrangers, composers, and performers the chance to market and promote their music, recorded by the best musicians in Chicago.

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TV, Film, Phono, Video Games, Demos, Student Film Festivals, Commercials, Trailers, Music Libraries, and Internet Streaming all require specific scales and services.

We are experienced with contracting musicians, budgeting, coordinating, and booking recording engineers and studios for electronic media and live performances.

We offer referral services for copyists, librarians, transcribers (midi/audio), sound engineers, Pro Tools operators, click operators, arrangers, orchestrators, conductors, and composers.

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Our Member’s Recordings & Live Performance include:

Christina Aguilera
​Yolanda Adams
Patti Austin
​Rick Braun
​Black Eyed Peas
​Burt Bacharach
​Tony Bennett
​George Benson
​Andrea Bocelli
​Garth Brooks
​James Brown
​Peobo Bryson
​Michael Bublé
Glen Campbell
​Dori Caymmi
​​Peter Cetera
​Ray Charles
​Natalie Cole
​Michael Crawford
​​Mariah Carey
​Dennis DeYoung
​Celine Dion
​Snoop Dogg
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds
​Aretha Franklin
​Nelly Furtado
​Lady GaGa
​Macy Gray
​Denyce Graves
​Al Green
​Josh Groban
Glen Hansard​
​George Harrison
​Faith Hill
​Whitney Houston
​Jennifer Hudson
Il Divo​
​James Ingram
​Alan Jackson
​Michael Jackson
​Elton John
​Wynonna Judd
​Lyle Lovett
​Ronald Isley
​​Alicia Keys
​K.D. Lang
​Queen Latifah
​Yo-Yo Ma
Barry Manilow
​Dave Matthews Band
​Johnny Mathis
​Michael McDonald
​Bobby McFerrin
​Tim McGraw
​Brian McKnight
​Randy Newman
​Bernadette Peters
​Smokey Robinson
​Kenny Rogers
​The Three Tenors
​Rod Stewart
​Jill Scott​
​​Joss Stone
Barbra Streisand​
​Justin Timberlake
​Carrie Underwood
​Luther Vandross
Eddie Vedder​
​Kanye West
​Barry White
​Stevie Wonder


Music Awards & Variety Shows:

Grammy’s (6 years)
​American Music Awards (8 years)
​BET Music Awards (4 years)
​Image Awards (3 years)
​MTV Movie Awards
​VH1 Awards
​Alma Awards
​American Idol (6 years)
​X Factor (3 years)

Theatre Productions:

The Color Purple
​Fiddler on the Roof
​Lion King
​The Producers
​Phantom of the Opera
​Jekyll and Hyde
​South Pacific
​West Side Story
​Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
​The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
​Big River

Theatre Productions Continued:

​Guys and Dolls
​Hello Dolly
​The King and I
​Les Miserables
​The Lion King
​The Music Man
​No, No, Nanette
​Some Like It Hot
​The Sound of Music
​Sunday in the Park with George