For more than 75 years, thousands of young musicians throughout the Northland have found inspiration in the Duluth Superior Symphony Youth Orchestras. The DSSYO allows these young musicians to sharpen their music skills through a variety of experiences with DSSO conductors and musicians in rehearsals, sectionals, and side-by-side performances.

Join us for the 2021-22 Season!

For over 80 years, young musicians across the Northland have found inspiration in the Duluth Superior Symphony Youth Orchestras. Competitive auditions are held annually to find new members. Membership is open to students ages 10 through high school. Be part of the finest musicians from the region–find out more by emailing

2021 Auditions

The DSSYO wants you! Auditions are being accepted in online format for the ’21-22 season. The deadline to submit an application and audition video is July 31, 2021. After July 31, applications and auditions will be accepted according to need.

Should I audition? 
If you are between the ages of 10 and 18 and enjoy performing quality music at a high level with others, we highly encourage you to audition! We hope that Youth Orchestras will not only be fun, but help you become the best musician you can. The Sinfonia program is open to all string players, no audition needed.

I’ve decided to audition, what next? 
Click on the button above — there you’ll find the instructions and excerpts needed for your audition. In addition, you’ll find instructions on recording and submitting your audition! 

If you have questions, please contact or 218-623-3774

Tuition Information

2021-22 DSSYO Program Tuition Rates:
Youth Symphony: $475
Concert Orchestra: $375
Percussion Ensemble: $375
Sinfonia: $325

In addition to advanced performance opportunities and weekly rehearsals, your DSSYO membership includes tickets to DSSO concerts (exclusions apply), professional coaching, as well as the annual retreat.

The DSSYO membership is one of the most affordable music programs for youth in the area, and it is our aim to provide tuition assistance to those who need it. Monthly payment plans are available and tiered levels of reduced tuition are available based on need. Tuition assistance and monthly payment plan options will be mailed out with acceptance letters. Questions regarding tuition can be directed to Brandon VanWaeyenberghe, Executive Director.

Click here for a copy of the Youth Orchestras Brochure.


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October 4, 2021 | 6:30-8:45PM
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February 26, 2022 | 7:00 PM
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February 27, 2022 | 3:00 PM
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The entry-level string orchestra where string players develop vital ensemble skills. Sinfonia students generally have 2-4 years of experience on their instruments. Sinfonia performs three main concerts each year.

A full orchestra with members with maturing skills on their instruments. String players will have 3-6 years on their instruments. Winds, brass, and percussion players will have 1- 4 years experience. This group presents three concerts each season. Students play original and arranged symphonic repertoire from classical and pops genres.

The most advanced full orchestra offered by the DSSYO program. This group performs three concerts, plus a side-by-side experience with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. Students play full, unabridged symphonic repertoire.

A component of the overall DSSYO program, where students split rehearsal time between the orchestras and PE. This ensemble explores diverse realms of music influenced by classical, jazz, and popular music.

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