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We are the musicians of the Youth Symphony of DuPage Sinfornietta, Philharmonia, Concert and Symphony Orchestras. Youth Symphony of DuPage is dedicated to bringing advanced ensemble training and performance opportunities to talented young musicians from DuPage County and the surrounding Chicagoland area. Please see below for more information on our orchestras.
Dear YSDP Students and families, At the Youth Symphony of DuPage, we are dedicated not only to the musical enrichment and growth four students but also to following the rules and regulations set forth by local, state, and federal government guidelines regarding safe practices for gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As such we are dedicated to the plan. Please click the picture above to read.
YSDP welcomes new musicians (advanced grade school through high school) to audition for our Sinfonietta Strings, Philharmonia, Concert, and Symphony Orchestras.
All auditions are done by video links this year. Please click on the picture above to see the details.
YSDP offers chamber ensemble opportunities for students in Philharmonia Strings, Concert Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra members are eligible to sign up for Chamber Ensemble (Not Sinfonietta Strings).
The professional coach guides our students through their musical selections to help develop and refine their musical skills.
YSDP is unique among many youth orchestras by offering diverse repertoire that is both challenging and rewarding to young musicians and their audience. YSDP offers four orchestras and a robust chamber music program opportunities for our talented musicians. Rehearsals are on Monday nights at Benedictine University in Lisle.
Sinfonietta Strings members are talented younger musicians who have at least 2 years on their instrument with private instruction. The ensemble provides advanced training and ensemble experience for younger musicians playing with proficiency for advance orchestral performance. Private teacher recommendations required.
YSDP is proud to announce the creation of a new string orchestra for advancing string students. our 4th orchestral ensemble Philharmonia Strings beginning in the fall of 2020. Philharmonia Strings members are primarily advanced middle school and high school age musicians. Their repertoire is drawn from the standard classical literature.
Concert Orchestra is YSDP's first full symphony orchestra with advancing strings students, winds, brass, and percussion. Their repertoire is drawn from the standard classical literature and include works such as Mozart's Overture to "The Marriage of Figaro", Hofeldt's Centennial Overture, and Tchaikovsky's "Overture 1812. Anyone who has been studying privately for at least two years with a private lesson teacher is eligible to audition. Anyone who is in the 2nd grade or younger must have a teacher recommendation letter. The average age for Concert Orchestra students is 6th-8th grade. However, those who are noticeably more advanced younger players are still considered at the directors’ discretion.
Symphony Orchestra is the most advanced full orchestra offered by YSDP, which uses wind, brass, and percussion instruments in all of its performances. Musicians in this ensemble are mostly advanced high school age students (approximately 10th-12thgrade), who either have completed or are currently working on movements of a standard concerto. Younger students may audition for Symphony Orchestra, however, a letter of recommendation from their private lesson teacher may be requested in addition to the audition. Symphony Orchestra performs standard masterpieces such as Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Brahms Symphony No. 1, Tchaikovksy Symphony No. 5, Dvorak “New World” Symphony, Prokofiev Classical Symphony, and Schubert “Unfinished” Symphony.
Concert Chamber Ensemble is open to all Youth Symphony of DuPage students. The chamber ensembles provide many diverse music and performance opportunities lead by a staff coach. The ensemble requires an audition. Ensemble coach will review your audition video so interested parties should register for the Chamber Ensemble during the Audition Registration.
Symphony Chamber Ensemble is the highest level chamber ensemble open to all Youth Symphony of DuPage students. The chamber ensembles provide many diverse music and performance opportunities lead by a staff coach. The ensemble requires an audition. Ensemble coach will review your audition video so interested parties should register for the Chamber Ensemble during the Audition Registration.