The winner of the Junior Division was Nathan Yuan, who will perform Concerto in A Minor by Vivaldi, accompanied by the Youth Symphony at the SVYS Spring Concert on May 9, 2015.
The winner of the Senior Division was Avia Wang, who will perform Zigeunerweisen by Pablo de Sarasate accompanied by the Civic Orchestra at the SVCO Night at the Movies Concert on March 1, 2015.
SVYS encourages all of our students to attend a music camp during the summer.
Summer music programs foster individual growth not only musically, but also give you the opportunity to meet new friends, learn new and exciting things, and explore the world outside of your hometown.
There are summer music experiences for adults, too, so don't let the kids have all the fun!
This is the inaugural season for the SVYS Chamber Program and we are proud to present a recital featuring the four chamber ensembles, two string quartets, a violin quartet, and an oboe trio, at the lovely Paris-Belle House in Williamsville.
SVYS invites all current Starter Strings students and their parents to visit SVYS rehearsals on Monday, February 16, 6:30-8:30 (Youth Symphony) and Tuesday, February 17 from 6-7 pm. Come listen to rehearsal, enjoy some treats, ask questions, and learn more about what SVYS is all about. We look forward to meeting and talking with you!
Come one, come all to this fun-filled concert for all ages! Enjoy the performance of music from popular cinematic soundtracks while viewing scenes from the movies themselves. Featuring selections from GLADIATOR, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, and OKLAHOMA. Also featuring SVYS Concerto Competition Winner Avia Wang, violin. Drinks and Movie Snacks for Sale at Intermission.
$15/adults, $10/students, $5/children 12 and under. Can be purchased at the HCFTA Box Office.
Presented by the Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra and Central Illinois Film Commission.
Our instructors coach the orchestral sections, teach Starter Strings classes, and coach our chamber ensembles. We are grateful to have caring and experienced staff to work with our students. Read more about these talented people...
Gene Power talks with WUIS' Sean Crawford. Listen to the interview on line...
Please join us in thanking our Principal Sponsors for this season! The generous support of these local businesses helps SVYS provide the only orchestral learning and performing opportunity for young people in our community.
The Feed Store
Gates, Wise, Schlosser & Goebel
Myers And Myers, CPAs, LTD
Bank of Springfield
James Greenwald, D.D.S.
Student musicians in our top orchestra have indicated a very positive response to Mr. Power's desire to start a chamber program at SVYS. We are in the process of putting chamber groups together, securing coaches, and scheduling rehearsals. These groups will rehearse 3 times a month and put on a recital sometime this winter. They will also be available for community performances. Participating in the chamber program will come at an additional cost, as this is a separate program from regular orchestra rehearsals. Stay tuned for more information.
Christ the King School
Iles Elementary - (Starter Strings II only)
Little Flower School
Owen Marsh Elementary
Hoogland Center for the Arts (This class is for home-schooled students or those who attend a school without an on-site Starter Strings program.)
The State Journal Register featured SVYS in an article by Tamara Browning, published May 3, 2014.
Musicians are required to report rehearsal absences in advance.
Orchestral and string ensembles for students in grade school through high school.
Beginning string instruction for students at local schools and home-schooled children in grades 3-6.
Open to all adults who play an orchestral instrument.