About SYCO

About SYCO


Schaumburg Youth Concert Orchestra
Ron Polomchak, Director 

The Schaumburg Youth Concert Orchestra (SYCO) includes string, woodwind, brass and percussion students. String students should have an advanced understanding of their instrument including vibrato. All string players should be comfortable with first through fifth positions.  Woodwind and brass players should be capable of playing in a variety of key signatures and have the ability to play expressively and as a soloist. Percussionists should be skilled on timpani, mallets, snare, crash cymbal, and auxiliary percussion instruments. The music literature is selected from authentic and developing full orchestra repertoire.

Rehearsals: Sundays, 4:30 - 6 pm
Concerts: Sunday, February 9, 3 pm; Sunday, May 10, 3 pm

- String players will be asked to play at least one of the following scales:
C, G, D, A, F, B-flat, E-flat 
3-Octaves (Basses, 2-Octave)
Q= 80-120 Separate bows or slur 2
- Woodwinds and brass should prepare major scales in the following concert keys:  C, G, D, F and B-flat. Perform 2-octave scales when possible.
- Prepare a brief unaccompanied solo passage of your choice.
- Sightreading.
- Percussion players will be asked to play a brief solo or etude excerpt on mallets, snare, and timpani for a total time of 4-5 minutes. Performers should have the requisite skills on cymbals and auxiliary percussion.

Students must audition each season, regardless of previous participation in the Schaumburg Youth Orchestra program.
Orchestra placement is at the discretion of the directors.

Concert Orchestra: $400
Tuition includes a $25 family contribution to the Prairie Center Arts Foundation. 
Families with more than one child enrolled in the program receive a $25 discount for each additional child after one child is paid in full.

All SYO members participate in their school orchestra or band programs where available.