Join youth symphony

Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony invites advanced musicians playing woodwind, brass, percussion, or string instruments to audition for placement in our symphonic orchestra, Youth Symphony. Youth Symphony meets on Tuesday nights from 5:15-7:15pm at Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Follow the steps below to register your child. Please contact or 217.753.8000 with any questions or concerns you may have.


STEP 1: Complete the registration form.

This registration form is for Youth Symphony only. If you have gotten here by mistake, please go back here to choose a new ensemble.

If you prefer to complete the registration form and submit as a paper copy, the form can be found here.

STEP 2: Pay the registration fee.

DUE: At registration. Your child's audition time and/or registration will not be held if this fee is not paid at registration. If paid by July 31st, the registration fee will be applied to your child's tuition. If paid after July 31st, the registration fee will not be applied to your child's tuition.

Tuition for Youth Symphony is $350 for approximately 30 weeks of instruction and 3 performances. Tuition is due the first week of rehearsal.

Pay online

Registration Fee

All persons registering for a youth ensemble must pay a registration fee with the submission of a registration form. The fee is $25 plus a $1 processing fee.

Pay Registration Fee

Pay by check


To avoid a processing fee, send a check by mail to:

Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony • 420 S. 6th St. • Springfield, Illinois • 62701

Checks should be for $25 and made payable to SVYS.

STEP 3: Sign-up for an audition.

STEP 4: Prepare the required audition.

The ensemble conductor(s) 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 will be held on August 28th and 29th, 2018. 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 conductor in making this decision. Choose from the excerpts below for the instrument you wish to audition on for placement into Youth Symphony. New students should seek advice from their private music teacher or contact SVYS for assistance. 

youth symphony EXCERPTS