The SVYS Music Director is a part-time position within the SVYS. The Music Director is responsible for the repertoire, programming, and artistic production of the top-level Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra. The Music Director leads rehearsal for both groups during the season; the Symphony Orchestra currently meets on Monday evening, and the Civic Orchestra meets on Wednesday evening. The Music Director also conducts the Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra in several concerts throughout the season. The SVYS season currently runs from August—May, with potential expansion into summer programming.
In addition, the Music Director assists with the overall selection, development, recruiting, and placing of musicians within the SVYS organization. The Music Director participates in ensemble placement auditions, as well as a mid-season solo competition for SVYS students.
As a representative of SVYS, the Music Director helps to promote the SVYS’s visibility in the community. The Music Director makes several appearances throughout the season to promote the SVYS, and regularly attends and provides reports during SVYS Board meetings. The Music Director works closely with the Board, the Executive Director, and other SVYS staff to expand and improve the SVYS.
Dear SVYS/SVCO Members and Families:
The Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony regrets to announce that Mr. Power will be stepping down as Music Director of the SVYS/SVCO at the end of the season. While Mr. Power has enjoyed his time with the SVYS/SVCO and its musicians, he will be relocating from the area due to personal reasons.
The Board of Directors has begun the process of conducting a search for a new Director. We will be asking for assistance and input from member families as well as community stakeholders. Mr. Power has also graciously offered his assistance as well. A timeline will be forthcoming.
We are extremely pleased with the season we have had this year and the growth that has occurred under Mr. Power and Ms. Pressly. We are confident that the organization will continue to expand and prosper with this transition. We look forward to selecting a candidate that will continue to build upon the great work that we have all achieved together.
Questions or concerns may be directed to Elle Pressly, SVYS/SVCO Executive Director.
Chad Skarpiak President, Board of Directors Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony
Our chamber music ensembles will perform at the lovely Paris Belle house in an informal recital showing off their achievements in this inaugural year of SVYS Chamber Music Program.
Please contact SVYS for directions to this event. Reservations required.
Our season finale showcases all our youth ensembles. You will hear Youth Symphony, Preparatory Orchestra, Starter Strings II, and Starter Strings conducted by the SVYS Music Director. Before you head for the summer beaches, our students will show you what they can do after a season's hard work!
The program features 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky, The Pines of Rome by Respighi, and Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours.
Nathan Yuan, winner of the SVYS Concerto Competition Junior Division will perform Concerto in A Minor, Op. 3, No. 6, Mvt I by Vivaldi, accompanied by the Youth Symphony.
The program includes Kamen Petkov performing Kreisler's Preludium and Allegro, Wieniawski's Legende, and Theme from Schindler's List by John Williams.
Also on the program is Spring Song by Sibelius and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C Minor.
Kamen Petkov, violin
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!
SVYS is pleased to inform you about the 4th International Chamber and Solo Music Festival and Tour of scenic Bulgaria that includes side trips to the Land of Dracula, Romania and the #1 holiday destination in Europe, Greece. Read more →
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 →
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.
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.