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. 21, 3 pm & 7 pm; Sunday February 9th 8:30,  Sunday, March 15, 1pm & 4 pm; Sunday, May 10, 7 pm

- String players will be asked to play at least one of the following scales:
C, G, D, A, E, F, B-flat, E-flat, A-flat major; C and G melodic minor.
3-Octaves (Basses, 2-Octaves). Q = 80-120
Separate bows or slur 2.
- Winds - Prepare two scales that show your command of upper and lower register.
- Prepare two passages of your choice:
- One fast solo passage that demonstrates technical facility and range.
- One slow passage that demonstrates lyricism.
- Sightreading. IMPORTANT:  Please downloaded and be prepared to play your instrument part for this fall's audition.
- 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.

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.