Springfield Youth Orchestras

Springfield Youth Symphony (SYS)


Springfield Youth Symphony under the direction of Carlos Elias, in their annual performance

Under the direction of Carlos Elias, this ensemble is comprised of our top student musicians from over 25 different schools and home schools in Clark, Champaign, Logan, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, and Shelby 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 educational environment of the John Legend Theater.

Highlights of the Springfield Youth Symphony season include:

» Sectional coaching by members of the SSO.

» Chamber music opportunities with a Brass Ensemble 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.

Springfield Youth String Ensemble (SYSE)


The Springfield Youth String Ensemble

The SSO has further enhanced the educational opportunities of young area musicians by providing beginning and intermediate ensembles just for stringed instrument players. The Youth String Ensemble is for beginning strings students who have at least one year of experience performing in an ensemble. In some cases, SYSE is the only strings group available for new students to play in. Students build their technical and performance skills under the leadership of Janet Fu.

SYSE rehearses at the John Legend Theater on Monday nights, from 6:00 to 7:30pm.

Springfield Youth Chamber Orchestra (SYCO)


The Springfield Youth Chamber Orchestra

Lori Wright conducts the Youth Chamber Orchestra, a group that is designed for students who have approximately three years performing in a group and studying their instrument. This ensemble focuses more on the skills that make a group of musicians sound good together and less on individual playing technique. Ideally, students in this group are preparing to move up into our Youth Symphony.

SYCO rehearses at the John Legend Theater on Monday nights, from 7:00 to 9:00pm (just like the SYS!).

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