|Springfield Youth Orchestras
The Springfield Youth Symphony (SYS)
Under the direction of Ed Zunic, this ensemble is comprised of 65-75 junior and senior high school musicians from over 25 different schools and home schools in Clark, Champaign, Logan, Greene, Miami, Warren, Butler, and Montgomery counties.
Since 1959, the SYS has provided one of the few opportunities in this area for young musicians to play in a full orchestral setting. Each season features several concerts and weekly rehearsals in the professional environment of the Kuss Auditorium at the Clark State Performing Arts Center.
Highlights of the Springfield Youth Symphony season include:
A Side-by-Side concert with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) on February 23, 2013. Youth symphony members will receive mentoring and guidance from the professional musicians of the SSO during rehearsals, culminating in an exciting concert experience with over 130 musicians together onstage!
Sectional coaching by members of the SSO.
Chamber music opportunities with a Brass Choir and Woodwind Quintet, String Quartet and Percussion Ensemble. These small ensembles are featured in numerous performances throughout the school year. Students are chosen by audition.
Master class opportunities with SSO guest artists.
Project Protégé, a program in which select SYS string players are invited to perform with the Springfield Symphony during a subscription concert.
A Concerto Competition for SYS seniors. The winner performs a solo with the SSO during the Side-by-Side concert.
Collaborative opportunities to enhance each student's participation in the arts. The Youth Orchestra program has participated in exciting collaborations with the National Trail Parks and Recreation District, The Gary Geis Dance Company, The Springfield Museum of Art and the Clark State Community College Theater Program.
The Youth String Ensemble and Youth Chamber Orchestra
The Springfield Youth String Ensemble
The Springfield Youth Chamber Orchestra.
The SSO has further enhanced the educational opportunities of young area musicians by providing beginning and intermediate ensembles just for stringed instrument players. These two groups are designed to improve the skills of young string players, and give them an orchestral experience that they may not be getting in their schools.
Both groups rehearse weekly in the professional environment of the Turner Studio Theater at the Clark State Performing Arts Center. Each season includes several concerts, sectional coaching from Springfield Symphony Orchestra musicians and Side-by-Side opportunities with the SYS and SSO.
Lori Wright conducts the Youth Chamber Orchestra, and Janet Fu conducts the Youth String Ensemble.
Our 2012-13 Season
This season our Youth
Orchestra program and
Childrens Chorus are serving
over 150 students from 40
area schools and homeschools
in 7 counties!
Fall Concert: Monday,
November 26, 7:30pm,
Southgate Baptist Church,
Spring Concert: Monday,
March 18, 7pm, Clark State
Performing Arts Center
Springfield Youth Symphony,
Side by Side with the SSO:
February 23, 8pm
Applications are due May 10, 2013. Auditions will be held on Saturday, May 18, at the Clark State Performing Arts Center. To download information and an audition application form, click here.
Springfield Youth Orchestras Auditions
May 18, 2013
To complete an online audition application, click here.
Click here for directions.
Click here to download the SYO Handbook.
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John Smarelli 1926-2005
John Smarelli was a member of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra for 42 years, serving as concert-master, assistant conductor, and conductor of the Youth Symphony for eight years.
John Smarelli is fondly remembered by SYS alumni for his passionate approach to the music, and his demand for hard work and perfection from each and every orchestra member.
The John Smarelli Scholarship was established when John retired from conducting the SYS. Graduating SYS members who plan on continuing their music education at the college level are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
A generous gift from the Ruth B. and Thomas F. Mackey Charitable Trust enabled the SSO to endow the John Smarelli Scholarship Fund, insuring that John’s legacy will continue for generations to come. We invite you to share in this legacy by making a contribution to the scholarship fund. Donations can be made to the scholarship fund through the Springfield Symphony office, or by clicking the button below.