About the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony



Formed in 1976 and initially known as the Springfield Area Youth Symphony, the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony provides the only opportunity for an orchestral experience at the elementary and secondary school levels in Sangamon County. The Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony was created by parents, music teachers and musicians to keep a student orchestra program alive after the Springfield area schools eliminated all orchestra classes in the 1970s. Without intervention, a new generation of youth would have experienced a serious void in the arts.

Youth Program

SVYS is a comprehensive program that takes students from the very beginning of music study all the way through high school. We offer full orchestras, string-only ensembles, and chamber music groups. Whether your child is interested in learning a stringed instrument for the first time, or already plays any orchestral instrument, there is an SVYS ensemble for you. See our Program Overview page for detials →

SVYS Season

Throughout the year, SVYS presents concerts, competitions, fundraisers, and other exciting events. See our Season-at-a-Glance guide for the full schedule →

Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra

In addition to our youth orchestra program we also provide a full orchestra experience for local adult musicians, the Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra. SVCO is conducted by our Music Director and rehearses weekly. The Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra performs three concerts a year. See the SVCO page →

Join Us

We would love to have you become a member family. Enrollment is typically open June 1 to the start of the fall semester, but new musicians may be accepted at any time of the year.

Mission Statement

Enriching our community through quality orchestral experiences and education.


SVYS Member Handbook

Detailed information about our programs for members and families.

Download PDF →

SVYS Tax Exempt Status

Tax-Exempt Status

We are a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and a 509(a)(2) public charity.

Contact SVYS

Office: 420 S. Sixth Street, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1808 (Second floor, Hoogland Center for the Arts)

Phone: (217) 753-8000

E-mail: svys.svco@gmail.com