Preparatory Orchestra, Sinfonia Orchestra & Youth Symphony

Youth Musician Group

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

Preparatory Orchestra

Preparatory Orchestra is a string orchestra for musicians who have mastered the 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.

Musicians are expected to demonstrate proper posture, position, and bow grip. They should be able to name and read notes on all 4 strings in first position from Essential Elements For Strings Book 1, as well as be able to apply the correct finger patterns to play pieces and scales in the keys of C, G, and D major. Musicians should be able to count and perform simple rhythms, which include whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes and rests in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 meters. They should be able to play the following bowings articulations: legato, detaché, staccato, two and three note slurs, and hooked bowings. Musicians should consistently demonstrate accurate intonation, rhythm, articulations, bowings, and continue developing good tone quality. Musicians are encouraged to study privately and should be working through the end of Suzuki Book 1 and beginning Suzuki Book 2 or equivalent musical literature.

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. Additionally, musicians will continue to develop 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.

Sinfonia Orchestra musicians should demonstrate correct posture, position, and bow grip. They should be able to name and read notes on all 4 strings in first position from Books 1 and 2, as well as apply the correct finger patterns to play pieces and scales in the keys of C, G, D, A, F, and Bb major. In addition to the rhythms learned in Book 1, musicians should be able to play the following advanced rhythms: dotted quarter, sixteenth, dotted eighth, and triplet note and rest patterns in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, and mixed meter rhythms along with simple syncopation. Musicians are expected to consistently demonstrate accurate intonation, rhythms, articulations, bowings, dynamics, and continue to develop in the area of tone quality. Musicians are encouraged to study privately and should be working through Suzuki Book 3 and Suzuki Book 4 or literature that is of an equivalent level.

Youth Symphony

Youth Symphony is our highest level youth ensemble. It 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.

Musicians should be comfortable playing multi-octave scales and repertoire in all concert keys. Woodwinds and brass players should have a well-developed range and advanced technical abilities (multiple tongue articulations, advanced breath and sound quality control, etc.). String players should be comfortable shifting and using vibrato, as well as using a variety of bow strokes (detaché, spiccato, martelé, etc.). Percussionists will be expected to utilize timpani, auxiliary, and mallet techniques.

How To Join

Eligibility

Admission to these groups is by audition only. Following the audition, musicians are assigned to the Youth Symphony, Sinfonia Orchestra, or Preparatory Orchestra based upon the placement criteria outlined below.

Register

Fill out an Intent To Enroll form online or download the paper form.

Registration is open from June to the start of fall semester.. New members may apply for admission at other times during the year but permission is required from Music Director for admittance.

There is a $25.00 registration fee, due at the time of registration.

If you would prefer to use the paper registration form, download it here:

Auditions

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 approximately 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. If you are a new student joining SVYS and missed our fall auditions, contact our office for more details on mid-year auditions.

Visit our Member Page to obtain detailed audition requirements, including scales and orchestral excerpts →

Placement and Seating

Ensemble and seating assignments are made at the discretion of the ensemble conductors, whose decisions are final. SVYS encourages all musicians to take pride in their playing, learning, and contributions to the orchestra in all ensembles and seating assignments. The ensemble conductors consider these factors when making seating assignments:

• Audition evaluations

• The best educational setting for individual members

• The need for balance among the sections and orchestras

• The student’s maturity and leadership ability

The ensemble conductors will assign all principal seats (strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion). The ensemble conductors may rotate seating for educational purposes at any rehearsal and may change seating assignments at any time during the year. Any other questions regarding seating should be addressed to the ensemble conductors.

Tuition

Tuition partially offsets the costs of administration and artistic direction and is due at the first Parent Meeting of the season.

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

  • Youth Symphony
    • $300.00 per year
  • Sinfonia Orchestra
    • $250.00 per year
  • Preparatory Orchestra
    • $250.00 per year

Rehearsals

Rehearsals are held once per week at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield.

  • 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

Scholarships

SVYS offers a limited number of full and partial tuition scholarships to assist musicians who would otherwise be unable to participate in SVYS due to financial barriers. Our organization also offers a payment plan for families to divide the tuition into two separate payments. Contact the office for further details.

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