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What Is the Springfield Youth Symphony?

Springfield Public Schools sponsors an honors youth orchestra program with three different orchestras which span all the grades in which SPS offers orchestra as a course: the Springfield Youth String Orchestra (SYSO), the Springfield Junior Youth Symphony (SJYS), and the Springfield Youth Symphony (SYS).  Descriptions, membership requirements, and directors of each orchestra are listed below.

The mission of each of the honors orchestras is to provide an age-appropriate, honorary, and supplementary orchestra for advanced players of orchestral instruments.

The orchestras are structured according to grades and ages of the students.  The orchestras are honorary because a successful audition is required for membership.  The literature performed by each orchestra is supplementary to the regular SPS orchestra curriculum because the level of difficulty and required advanced playing skills exceed those of normal grade-appropriate literature.

Sponsored by the Springfield Public Schools, the Springfield Youth Symphony consists of 65 of the area’s finest young musicians. Membership is by audition and is open to both Springfield Public School students as well as other highly qualified musicians from the surrounding area. During its history the Orchestra has been recognized with numerous honors, including invitations to perform at the International Youth Orchestra Festival in Banff, Canada (1996, 1999), the Midwest International Band & Orchestra Clinic in Chicago (2000, 2005), the Missouri Music Educators Conference (2002 and 2018), and the Festival of the States Concert Series in Washington DC (2010). The Springfield Youth Symphony made its Carnegie Hall debut in June, 2007.