SVYS Calendar



Rehearsal Locations

Youth Symphony, Sinfonia Orchestra, Preparatory Orchestra, Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra, & Junior Strings:

The Hoogland Center For The Arts, 420 S. 6th Street in Springfield, Ilinois. Find us on Google Maps →

Starter Strings:

Classes are held at participating local grade schools and the Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Springfield.

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Notify Us in Advance if You Will Miss a Rehearsal

We prefer that you create an online report, but you may notify SVYS by e-mail:, or call the SVYS office at (217) 753-8000. Leave a message if no one can take your call. Notify SVYS as soon as you are aware that you will miss a rehearsal, but not later than a week in advance.

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Weather Cancellations

Rehearsals will be cancelled due to weather if school is cancelled in Springfield. Call the SVYS office if you are unsure.

Rehearsal Policy

Please report any known absences at the beginning of the concert cycle. All absences should be reported through the Create an Absence Report page on this website. If it is a day-of absence report due to emergency or illness, please use the Create an Absence Report page and also e-mail or call the office.

It is expected that all members attend all rehearsals in a concert cycle to be appropriately prepared for the concert. The ensemble conductors will evaluate absences for each concert cycle to determine whether or not a musician will be able to perform in the upcoming performance. All absences should be reported as soon as possible. In order for an absence to be reviewed as “excused,” it must be submitted no later than 24 hours prior to the rehearsal. In cases of illness or emergency, absences must be submitted no later than 2:00 p.m. the day of rehearsal. Special consideration will be given to absences for school music events.

We recommend that all members arrive early to check in, warm up and tune their instruments. Attendance is taken five minutes before the rehearsal begins.