About SYSO

About SYSO

Schaumburg Youth Symphony Orchestra
Joseph Malmquist, Director

The SYSO consists of strings, winds, brass and percussion. SYSO strings should be capable of playing a standard romantic concerto movement and standard orchestral literature. Winds should be able to play standard orchestral literature, etudes, and concerti, and should consult their private teacher for confirmation of their readiness for standard repertoire. Past repertoire includes Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Dvorak, and Brahms.

Rehearsals: Sundays, 6:30 - 9 pm
Concerts: Saturday, Dec. 19, 3 pm & 7 pm; Sunday, March 7 (DIY rehearsal/concert); Sunday, May 9, 7 pm

- Prepare two passages of your choice:
- One fast solo passage that demonstrates technical facility and range.
- One slow passage that demonstrates lyricism.

 - Scales
quarter = 120, 3-octaves (except bass) separate bows or slur two
Violins: Eb major, c minor (melodic) 
Viola: G major, c minor
Cello: G major, g minor
Bass:   2 octave, into THUMB position (without an octave drop).  c minor and D Major
Winds - Prepare two scales that show your command of upper and lower register.

- Sightreading. Go here for Sight Reading excerpts.

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

Symphony Orchestra: $425
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.