SYO and SCC 2021-2022 Youth Auditions

Do you enjoy playing your instrument in your school band, orchestra or choir program? Do you enjoy making music with friends? Do you simply have an interest in performing?

The Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestras and Children’s Chorus is excited to start another wonderful 2021-2022 season. SYO and SCC provide a comprehensive, fun and enriching musical education experience for students ranging from elementary school through high school ages.

Springfield Youth Orchestra Auditions

Fall 2021 Regular Admission Auditions

UPDATE: Fall Auditions will now be submitted through video, not in-person!

Auditions are due on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 11:59pm

(Deadline to apply and submit videos is Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 11:59pm)

All Fall 2021 Regular Admission orchestra auditions (strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion) will be submitted through video auditions, which are due on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 11:59pm. You must send in an audition application and video audition to be considered for the Springfield Youth Orchestra program.

You do not need to use any fancy equipment for recording your audition! A phone, tablet, computer or camcorder is perfectly acceptable. More recording instructions can be found at:


Springfield Children’s Chorus Auditions

Video Submission Deadline is Tuesday, August 24th, 2021 at 11:59PM 

The Springfield Children’s Chorus will be returning to in-person rehearsals in Fall 2021!!! Children’s Chorus auditions are done by video recording, which must be submitted by Tuesday, August 24th, 2021 at 11:59PM.

Please remember that we are not looking for perfect young musicians, but students who have a great attitude, enjoy working with others, and have an appreciation for music and performing!

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, please be prepared for adjustments to the 2021-2022 season. We will continue to watch the pandemic through the summer and make common sense decisions about how we will handle our 2021-2022 season. Parents and students will rest easy knowing that we put the health and safety of our young musicians above anything else.






What would the SYO/SCC Schedule look like?

How will the SYO/SCC program be handled during the current COVID-19 pandemic?

The first priority of the SYO/SCC program is the health and well-being of our young musicians. We had a very successful season adapting to the pandemic during the 2020-2021 season, and we intend to continue providing a wonderful and safe experience for our young musicians during the 2021-2022 season. The SYO/SCC will host virtual orientations (Zoom Open Houses) at 3:00pm on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29 for accepted students and parents, where we will present our youth orchestra plan. You would only need to attend one.

With the John Legend Theater being under the jurisdiction of the Springfield City Schools, we will have to abide by a set of protocols that ensure the safety of everyone. As we continue to the monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, some protocols may change, depending on recommendations by the Governor and CDC. These protocols would include, but are not limited to, the following:

-ALL students and staff would be required to take a temperature check and health questionnaire as they enter the John Legend Theater. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees F or greater will NOT be admitted to the rehearsal. We ask musicians to arrive a little earlier to rehearsals than in the past, to allow us enough time to screen everyone properly.

-ALL students would be required to wear a mask while in the building. Woodwinds and Brass musicians will be allowed to remove their mask ONLY while they are playing in their seat.

-ALL students and staff would have to adhere to social distancing (6 feet between all musicians) anytime they are in the building. Chairs and stands would be appropriately distanced during rehearsals. Students would not be allowed to congregate inside the building before or after rehearsals.

-There would be both an in-person AND online option for students to attend rehearsals. Students that select for the online option would be able to tune into the rehearsal with the conductor. We would humbly ask that if a student is a principal musician (mainly regarding strings), to please be present for the in-person rehearsals, to allow us to have at least one instrument represented at the rehearsal. However, this would not be required.

-The Springfield Children’s Chorus WILL return to in-person rehearsals in Fall 2021. Masks and social distancing would be required by all singers during rehearsals.

-There would be no sharing of food or beverages while in the building. This unfortunately means that we would not have snacks sold by the SYOPA during breaks at this time.

-All rehearsal spaces and equipment, including chairs and stands, would be disinfected after every rehearsal.

-There would be no set restroom break for students during rehearsal. Any student that needs to use the restroom would be permitted to with an “ensemble pass.” This would simply mean that any student can use the restroom during rehearsal at any time, but no other student would be allowed to go until that previous student returns to rehearsal.

-Hand sanitizer and Lysol Disinfectant Spray will be readily available in all rehearsal rooms. We would also provide each student with their own hand sanitizer to use during the semester (best to keep this sanitizer in the instrument case, so the student can use it each time they come for rehearsal).

-An in-person audience for both our Fall and Spring would still be tentative. We did recording sessions for our main concerts in the 2020-2021 season, and our hope is that we will return to in-person audiences in the 2021-2022 season!

Just like our successful 2020-2021 season, we will approach the next season with great optimism, but great caution. We ask all families to please be prepared for adjustments to the youth orchestra season as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. All of our precautions have allowed our young musicians to create music in a safe environment, and intend to continue!

What is LiveWire?

Live Wire is a chamber music society featuring a Brass Ensemble, Woodwind Quintet, two String Quartets, and a Percussion Ensemble. This unique performing opportunity for Youth Orchestra members encourages artistic excellence and personal achievement through the vehicle of chamber music. Participants are chosen by audition and other criteria, and perform in a wide variety of community settings. LiveWire ensembles receive professional coaching from members of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

What would I expect from my experience with the SYO/SCC?

Members of the SYO/SCC program should expect an incredibly fun experience while they make music with their peers! Students will have the opportunity to perform a wide array of music, work in sectional coachings with SSO musicians, improve their playing on their instrument, and have memorable performances for large crowds. Students feel a sense of belonging and purpose during their time in our programs! The experience of a SYO/SCC member cannot be underestimated, and we continue to strive to make every student feel respected and valued during their time in the program!

How much does it cost to be in the SYO/SCC program? Is there financial aid?

The tuition price for a student in the Springfield Youth Symphony, Chamber Orchestra or String Ensemble is $275 a year. A student in the Springfield Children’s Chorus is $200 per student. Have a sibling that wants to join?! Siblings receive 50% off tuition!

Financial aid is available in the form of partial and full tuition waivers on a need-based basis. Families may apply for aid prior to the start of the season, and will receive decisions regarding their application for funding when rehearsals begin. Families may also arrange to pay tuition in the form of monthly payment plans! We will NOT turn away any student that has a deep interest in our programs due to financial concerns!

We ask parents to please keep in mind that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the SYO/SCC program will be investing in extra equipment and gear for the safety of all our students. A large part of each student’s tuition will be going towards this extra equipment.

What kind of music will we play?

Be prepared to learn ALL different types of music! Our youth orchestras are known to play many different styles from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century periods, along with performing other repertoire from the stage and screen, including Harry Potter, Star Wars and more! Also, students accepted into a LiveWire ensemble can expect more exposure as a soloist while they work in a smaller ensemble. Our Children’s Chorus also performs a variety of styles, including Bel Canto, jazz, gospel, contemporary, Broadway and more. Our conductors try to provide a wide array of music to keep things fresh and enjoyable for our students!

What is so great about the youth orchestra and programs?

The SYO/SCC programs are such a rewarding experience for young musicians to make music in a fun environment with their peers. Our quality musical performances become some of the trademark memories that students remember from their middle and high school years. We take pride in the fact that many of our students go on to great professions after their time in the program, and still think back on their times in the program fondly! We want our students to look forward to Monday nights rehearsing with their friends at the John Legend Theater and be proud of the awesome music performances they put on for packed crowds!

Check out these testimonials from our youth orchestra students and parents

What if I think I am not good enough to be accepted?

The Springfield Youth Orchestras and Children’s Chorus encourage ANY student that has an interest in making music to audition. WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR PERFECTION IN AUDITIONS! For our instrumental students, we are looking for students who have a basic understanding of how to read music, good control of their basic scales, and a great attitude! For our chorus members, we want students that have a good ear, projection, great attitude, and are willing to learn how to work in an ensemble!

For the 2021-2022 auditions, students will do video submissions to be accepted into the SYO/SCC program. There are many advantages to being able to record your audition at home, as you are able to record your videos on your own time and patience. Please DO NOT be afraid to audition! We are not expecting perfection from our musicians. We want every student to succeed!

What are the audition requirements?

In general, it is preferred that students in the SYO/SCC program are currently receiving instruction in their band, orchestra and chorus programs at school, or taking lessons with a private instructor. However, this is not required.

For specific audition requirements, please click here

Musicians from the Springfield Symphony Orchestra will be providing online 30-minute Zoom Lessons through the SSO Virtual Conservatory to assist students who are preparing for their  audition!!! These lessons are one-on-one with an experienced and encouraging musician from the SSO. We highly recommend that students who do not currently take private lessons to take advantage of this opportunity. The first lesson is FREE, and every subsequent lesson will be $28 per 30 minute lesson.

How far is Springfield from me?

Springfield is the county seat of Clark County, OH. However, almost half of our students in SYO/SCC come from Champaign, Green, Franklin, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, and Shelby counties. Springfield is located approximately 25 miles northeast of Dayton, 45 miles west of Columbus, and is drivable from communities such as Urbana, Cedarville, West Liberty, Beavercreek, Mechanicsburg, London, South Charleston, Yellow Springs, New Carlisle, Troy and more! We ensure that even with a commute, our SYO/SCC members can rely on having a fun, safe and rewarding experience in our youth orchestras and children’s chorus!

Who is eligible to join?

For instrumental students (winds, brass and percussion), the age can range between 10-18 years old. The Springfield Children’s Chorus is open to ages 10-15 years old (grades 5-10), with some exceptions. However, we will consider all students of elementary, middle or high school age, as long as they show a deep enthusiasm for making music!

Where and when are rehearsals and concerts?

All ensembles rehearse during the school year on Monday nights at 6:00-9:00pm at the John Legend Theater in downtown Springfield. There are two major concerts a year- one in both the fall and spring. There will also be many additional performance opportunities throughout the year, especially for students selected for the LiveWire ensembles and the Children’s Chorus.

What is the Springfield Youth Orchestras (SYO) and Children’s Choir (SCC)?

The SYO/SCC programs were established in 1959, the Springfield Youth Orchestra offers school age students ranging in elementary school through high school the opportunity to perform and learn in a variety of solo, chamber, and full ensemble settings. The SYO/SCC currently boasts FOUR major ensembles, including the Springfield Youth Symphony, Springfield Youth Chamber Orchestra, Springfield Youth String Ensemble, and the Springfield Children’s Chorus. We also present our multiple chamber ensembles, known as LiveWire, which includes our woodwind quintet, brass quintet, string quartets, percussion ensemble and others.

To learn more about the SYO/SCC programs, click here 


Whether or not a student has been in the SYS/SCC program before, ALL STUDENTS MUST REAUDITION, as we want to hear every student’s progress from each year. Past SYO/SCC musicians will be accepted into the program again, but they must reaudition in order for us to properly seat them in the ensemble.

If you have any questions regarding the audition process or 2021-2022 SYO/SCC season, please email the SSO Education and Operations Manager, Axl Pons, at


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