Announcing the Springfield Youth Orchestras and Children’s Chorus 2021 SYO/SCC Summer Retreat
Tuesday, August 3rd through Saturday, August 7th
at the John Legend Theater and Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center
Are you or your young musician at home looking for a fun opportunity to play your instrument or sing in a Children’s Chorus this summer? Come make music and perform with your friends at the Springfield Youth Orchestras and Children’s Chorus 2021 Summer Retreat!
The Springfield Youth Orchestras and Children’s Chorus will have evening rehearsals at the John Legend Theater between Tuesday, August 3rd through Friday, August 6th (700 S Limestone St, Springfield, OH 45505) from 4:00-9:00pm. Students will prepare fun pops music (rock, pop, musical theater and music from your favorite film scores!) with the conductors of the Springfield Youth Orchestras and Children’s Chorus, Mr. Carlos Elias, Mrs. Lydia Stout, and Mr. Sean Hurley.
On the evening of Saturday, August 7th, the Springfield Youth Orchestras and Children’s Chorus will perform at the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Education fundraiser, Flavors, at the Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center in downtown Springfield (275 S Limestone St, Springfield, OH 45505) from 6:00-9:00pm. This is the SSO’s Education Programs’ largest fundraiser for the year, and the Springfield Youth Orchestras and Children’s Chorus will be the stars of the evening!
To view the entire 2021 SYO/SCC Summer Retreat Schedule, please click here:
If you were a senior in the 2020-2021 school year, you may apply to the retreat if you do not have any major conflicts with the schedule.
How to Apply
(NO AUDITIONS REQUIRED FOR STRING AND CHILDREN’S CHORUS APPLICANTS!)
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE on Saturday, July 31st at 12:00pm. We recommend applying as soon as possible to ensure your spot in the retreat!!
1. If you are a current Springfield Youth Orchestras or Children’s Chorus member (from the 2020-2021 season), you will automatically be accepted into the 2021 Summer Retreat! Simply apply here:
2. If you are a singer between the ages of 9-16, you will automatically be accepted into the 2021 Summer Retreat! Simply apply here:
3. If you are a string student (violin, viola, cello and bass) with at least ONE YEAR PLAYING EXPEREINCE, you will automatically be accepted into the 2021 Summer Camp! Simply apply here:
4. If you are a woodwind, brass or percussion player (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion), you will need to submit a LOW-STRESS video audition by Saturday, July 31st, submitting by sharing the videos with firstname.lastname@example.org through Google Drive, DropBox or unlisted Youtube link. We have very limited spots for our woodwind, brass and percussion sections, so please know that there may be a waiting list for students to participate. For audition requirements, please click here: . To apply, click here:
Once you submit an application, you will receive a confirmation email within 24-48 hours to confirm your place at the retreat. If you do not receive an email, please email email@example.com.
Since there are no auditions for strings and choir applicants, ensemble/seating assignments will be made by the conductors based off of previous membership, age, experience level, etc. We will also have occasional rotating seating so that every student gets equal opportunities as a section member.
“But I’ve got Marching Band!”
STUDENTS WHO ARE INVOLVED WITH THEIR SCHOOL’S MARCHING BAND during the same week as the retreat CAN STILL ATTEND!!! We 100% support our young musicians participating in their marching band ALONG with participating in the SYO and SCC, and we will provide dinner for students when you arrive at the retreat! Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday, July 31st of any schedule conflicts. We will be playing a lot of music from your favorite film scores, so you will NOT want to miss this retreat!!!!
Tuition for each student to participate will be $100 and will include a dinner each night. Financial aid is available in the form of partial and full tuition waivers on a need-based basis. You may indicate on your Summer Retreat application if you will need financial assistance.
Performances on Saturday, August 7, 2021
The culminating performances on Saturday, August 7th will take place at the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Education fundraiser, Flavors, at the Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center in downtown Springfield (275 S Limestone St, Springfield, OH 45505) from 6:00-9:00pm. This is the SSO Education Programs’ biggest fundraiser of the year, and the Springfield Youth Orchestras and Children’s Chorus will be the stars of the evening!
Reservations for Flavors are $40 over the phone (937-3258100), or $45 at the door. This will include access to all food from various Springfield Restaurants and access to the online silent auction.
HOWEVER, parents will not need to pay if that are only wanting to come to Flavors to see their child respective ensemble’s performance (6:15-6:45pm- Springfield Children’s Chorus, 7:00-7:30pm- SYO String Ensemble, 8:00-8:30pm- Springfield Youth Symphony), you will simply need to pay $15 for a quick-access ticket at the door. Students will have a pizza party after their Flavors performances to celebrate the end of the retreat!
Based on current CDC guidelines, you do not need to wear a mask if you are vaccinated. We will NOT require proof of vaccinations for the retreat, or the SYO/SCC 2021-2022 season. However, we will give students access to hand sanitizer and use plenty of sanitizing spray on all equipment, out of an abundance of caution.
We are super excited about this thrilling opportunity for our Youth Orchestras and Children’s Chorus musicians to perform! Again, if you are a current SYO/SCC member and are NOT able to attend the retreat, this will not affect your standing in the program for the 2021-2022 season. This is just an extra opportunity for our young musicians to shine!
We encourage ANY student to apply! NO AUDITIONS ARE REQUIRED for Strings and Children’s Chorus Applicants. New Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion students will need to submit a LOW-STRESS Video audition by Friday, July 30, 2021 at 11:59pm.
Come have some fun and make some music this summer!!!
Still unsure if you think you should participate? First, check out our 2021 SYO/SCC Spring Concert
Still not sure if you should participate? Feel free to send an email to email@example.com. We’re here to help answer any questions you have.