For more than 80 years, thousands of young musicians throughout the Northland have found inspiration in the Duluth Superior Symphony Youth Orchestras program (DSSYO). 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 our 2022-2023 Season! 

Competitive auditions are held annually to find new members for the intermediate and advanced orchestras. The introductory Sinfonia program is non-auditioned. Membership is open to students ages 10 through high school. Join us and be part of the finest musicians from the region! 

2022 Auditions 

The DSSYO wants you! Auditions are being accepted in both online format and during a few in-person audition dates for the ’22-23 season.

The deadline to submit an application and audition video is July 31, 2022. After July 31, applications and auditions will be accepted according to need. 

In-person audition dates will be posted in mid-May. Please check back. 

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 the DSSYO will not only be fun, but help you become the best musician you can be.

The Sinfonia program is open to all string players – no audition needed. Simply fill out the application form linked below!

I’ve decided to audition – what now? 

Click the Audition Requirements button below – there you’ll find an application form, instructions, and excerpts needed for your audition. In addition, you’ll find instructions for recording and submitting your audition!

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at or 218-623-3774.


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College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Ave
Duluth, MN
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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 concerts each year.

A full orchestra for members with maturing skills on their instruments. String players will have 3-6 years’ experience on their instruments. Wind, 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 each year, 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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Tuition Information

2022 – 2023  DSSYO Program Tuition Rates

Youth Symphony: Coming Soon 
Concert Orchestra: Coming Soon 
Percussion Ensemble: Coming Soon 
Sinfonia: Coming Soon 

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

The DSSYO is one of the most affordable music programs for youth in the area, and it is our aim to provide tuition assistance to all who need it.  Monthly payment plans are available, and tiered levels of reduced tuition are available based on need.

Tuition assistance information and monthly payment plan options will be mailed out with acceptance letters. Questions regarding tuition can be directed to Brandon VanWaeyenberghe, DSSO Executive Director. 

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