Youth Ensembles Member Handbook


Detailed information about our programs for members and families. This handbook covers the Youth Symphony, the Sinfonia Orchestra, the Preparatory Orchestra, and Junior Strings.

Starter Strings Member Handbook

Starter Strings Handbook

Policies, procedures, and expectations for our Starter Strings students. Valuable information to help you throughout the season.

Audition Scales and Excerpts 2017-18

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The ensemble conductors will conduct the auditions, which will include scales, prepared solo, orchestral excerpts, and sightreading. Auditions are held in private without accompaniment and will last about 5 minutes. We will inform students of their acceptance by e-mail shortly after the auditions.

Auditions for new and returning musicians participating in the 2017-2018 season will be held on August 29th and 30th, 2017. If you are a new student joining SVYS and missed our fall auditions, contact our office for more details on mid-year auditions.

How to choose the appropriate excerpts:

Returning members may wish to remain in the same ensemble or audition for a higher placement. We recommend consulting with your private music teacher or your conductor in making this decision. Choose the audition excerpts for the ensemble you wish to join.

New students should seek advice from their private music teacher or contact SVYS for assistance. Read detailed descriptions of the skill level expectations for each ensemble, and review the audition excerpts posted below.

Select an ensemble to ownload the scales and excerpts:

SVYS Concerto Competition


October 21, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Hoogland Center for the Arts Social Room

Students in the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony will compete for the opportunity to perform as soloists with the orchestra at its Spring Concert. The competition is held in open recital and the public is invited.

Details for students who wish to participate will be announced at the beginning of the season.

SVYS Summer Programs

SVYS Summer Programs

The Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony offers summer lessons and day camp opportunities for string players in the Springfield area.

Summer Music Camps Offered by Other Organizations

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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!

Ann Kramer Scholarship

Ann Kramer Scholarship

About The Scholarship

The recipient of the Ann Kramer Scholarship will have just completed the first year of Starter Strings and show great promise to continue in Junior Strings as a dedicated and passionate young musician. The recipient is hardworking, talented, dedicated, and a good example for the other students. The recipient shows interest in and promise for a long and meaningful participation in the SVYS program.

Scholarship Award

The award will consist of a full waiver for one year’s tuition of Junior Strings. Upon receiving of the Scholarship Award, the student and parents will sign an agreement which outlines the terms of the scholarship.

About Ann Kramer

The Ann Kramer Scholarship was created in honor of former SVYS Office Manager Ann Kramer.

Ann Kramer received a degree in business and was a high school teacher prior to holding various office positions in schools, business, and the health care field. She became interested in arts administration when she was asked to be the Business Manager for the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras and later served as the Program Manager for the Arkansas Youth Orchestras. She continues to be a partner in owning and operating a family business, and has hosted tours of the Springfield area for many years as the Road Scholar Coordinator for Lincoln Land Community College.

Ann began volunteering with SVYS in 2003, and worked tirelessly to ensure the growth and success of the Starter Strings Program.

SVYS Member Information Privacy

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SVYS collects personal information on its registration forms to register families for our programs. We use this information to contact members regarding our programs, schedule, and fund-raising, and to contact responsible parties in an emergency. SVYS retains records of members’ participation. We do not distribute your personal information to any third party.

Contact SVYS

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

Phone: (217) 753-8000