Youth orchestras, chorus to hold auditions


SPRINGFIELD – The Springfield Youth Symphony, Springfield Youth Chamber Orchestra, Springfield Youth String Ensemble, and Springfield Children’s Chorus, all educational components of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO), will hold auditions for the 2017-2018 season on Saturday, Aug. 19. The auditions will be held at the John Legend Theater, 700 S. Limestone St., Springfield. All orchestral instruments are welcome to audition for the orchestras. The Children’s Chorus is seeking vocalists in the 3rd through 8th grades or with unchanged voices. The instrumental groups need string bass players and there are opportunities for free private instruction. The Youth Symphony needs high school brass players.

The Springfield Youth Symphony (SYS) provides ensemble and solo performance opportunities in a full orchestra setting through concerts and outreach activities. The Youth String Ensemble and Youth Chamber Orchestra serve beginning and intermediate string players in a group performance that introduces members to string literature with a focus on ensemble skills. The Children’s Chorus offers vocalists an opportunity to sing in a traditional children’s chorus setting with many performance opportunities. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from August to March in the educational setting of the John Legend Theater.

The Springfield Youth Orchestra program features opportunities for chamber music, professional coaching and instruction from SSO members, and a Side-by Side concert with the SSO. As part of the orchestra’s Project Protégé program, select Youth Symphony students may perform with the Springfield Symphony on a subscription concert. The LiveWire program offers Youth Symphony and Youth Chamber Orchestra members the opportunity to perform in a chamber ensemble setting on real gigs in the Springfield community.

The Children’s Chorus program features opportunities for students to perform in a Side-by-Side concert with the SSO, participate in holiday caroling at local nursing homes, an annual choral Invitational event, and multiple other performance opportunities throughout the season.

For more information, or to obtain an application, contact Alek Peugh at the SSO office at 937-325-8100 or by e-mail at [email protected]. Also view audition brochures and submit audition applications online at

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