SVYS Program Overview

SVYS provides a comprehensive program that accepts students with no instrumental experience and nurtures their musical development through high school. We offer full youth orchestras, string-only ensembles, youth chamber music groups, and an adult civic orchestra.

Starter Strings Musician

Starter Strings

Starter Strings is our beginning string ensemble. In this class, students from grades and up are introduced to the string instrument of their choice (violin, viola, cello, or string bass). 45- minute group lessons are held at several sites throughout the Springfield area, including elementary schools and churches. Musicians use the method book Sound Innovations for Strings Book I to assist with learning the fundamental skills needed to play a string instrument.

Auditions are not required to join Starter Strings.

Junior Strings Musician

Junior Strings

Junior Strings is a string orchestra for musicians learning and perfecting the skills presented in Essential Elements for Strings or Sound Innovations for String Orchestra Book 1. Musicians will remain in Junior Strings until they have completed and mastered the entire Book 1. This typically takes an additional one to two years after completing Starter Strings. Musicians will also begin to develop ensemble skills by learning and performing quality string orchestra literature that meets their ability level.

Auditions are required only for students who have not completed SVYS Starter Strings.

Youth Ensembles Musician

Youth Ensembles

SVYS provides three advanced youth ensembles. Following an audition, students are placed in one of these ensembles approporate to their experience and ability.

 

Youth Symphony

Youth Symphony is a full orchestra comprised of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Members will perform a diverse cross-section of pieces from the orchestral repertoire as they develop as musicians and orchestral players.

Sinfonia Orchestra

Sinfonia Orchestra is the string orchestra for musicians who have mastered all of the skills presented in Sound Innovations for String Orchestra or Essential Elements for Strings Book 2. They will continue to learn new technical skills while working through a Level 3 method book. They will continue developing ensemble skills by learning and performing high quality string orchestra literature that meets their ability level. Musicians typically remain in Sinfonia Orchestra for two to four years.

Preparatory Orchestra

Preparatory Orchestra is a string orchestra for musicians who have completed and mastered skills presented in Essential Elements For Strings Book 1. Musicians will continue to learn new technical skills while working through Essential Elements for Strings Book 2. They will develop ensemble skills by learning and performing quality string orchestra literature that meets their ability level. Musicians typically remain in Preparatory Orchestra for two to three years.

Chamber Music Program

Chamber Music is an optional program for Youth Symphony musicians, who are coached by our experienced staff. There are performance opportunities throughout the season.

Auditions are required for admittance into the youth ensembles. You will be notified of your placement in one of the ensembles following your audition.

Youth Ensembles Musician

Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra

Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra is a full orchestra for adult community members of Springfield and the surrounding communities. The orchestra plays a wide variety of literature in three concerts per season. Membership to the ensemble is through audition with the Music Director.

Auditions are required for new members only.

Tuition

Tuition partially offsets the costs of administration and artistic direction and must be paid at the first rehearsal and mandatory parent meeting. Tuition rates are per year.

Your $25.00 registration fee will be credited in full toward the season tuition.

  • Youth Symphony
    • $300.00
  • Sinfonia Orchestra
    • $250.00
    • Preparatory Orchestra
      • $250.00
    • Junior Strings
      • $225.00
    • Starter Strings
      • $200.00

Scholarships

Need-based financial aid is available. We are committed to serving talented, dedicated students, regardless of financial constraints. Please call the office for more information.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals are held once per week. HCFTA indicates the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. 6th Street, Springfield, IL 62701.

  • Youth Symphony
    • Tuesday 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. HCFTA Theatre 3
  • Sinfonia Orchestra
    • Wednesday 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. HCFTA Dining Room
  • Preparatory Orchestra
    • Wednesday 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. HCFTA Dining Room
  • Junior Strings
    • Tuesdays 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Our Savior's Lutheran Church
    • Wednesday 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. HFCTA Dining Room
  • Starter Strings
  • Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra
    • Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. HCFTA Theatre 3