About SYSE

About SYSE

Schaumburg Youth String Ensemble
Dung Pham, Director

The SYSE is designed to give developing students a chance to improve their playing skills both in a small group setting and as an orchestra. In addition to the large group rehearsal, students will have small group sectionals within the regular rehearsal time (schedule to be determined in the fall).  Qualifying students need to be comfortable playing in the key signatures of C, G, D, A, and F Major and possess an understanding of basic rhythmic patterns. The ensemble experience will introduce the students to a wide variety of bowing techniques and extended key signatures with emphasis on listening and working within a large ensemble. First violinists should have an understanding of third position with some experience playing passages in third position. Cellists should be comfortable with fourth position and have an introduction to second and third position. Emphasis is placed on sight-reading skills, ensemble playing and skills related to following a conductor.

Rehearsals: Mondays, 5:30 - 7 pm
Concerts: Monday, December 14, 7 pm; Monday, May 10, 7 pm

 - Prepare a brief unaccompanied solo passage of your choice.

 - Scales. String players will be asked to play one of the following one octave major scales: 
C, G, D, A, F

- Sightreading. Download here and play excerpts for you instrument.


String Ensemble: $325
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.