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!
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
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an in-person audition. Please include your Name, Instrument, and preferred audition date from the options below.
Tuesday, June 21 | Percussion 3-5pm; Strings 5-8pm
Wednesday, June 22 | Winds 3-5pm; Strings 5-8pm
Thursday, June 23 | Winds 3-5pm; Strings 5-8pm
Thursday, July 21 | Winds 3-5 pm; Strings 5-8 pm
Saturday, July 23 | All Instruments 10 am – 3 pm
In-person auditions will be held at the College of St. Scholastica. Specific room details will be communicated via email.
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!
6:30 – 8:45 pm
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.
Join the Youth
2022 – 2023 DSSYO Program Tuition Rates
Youth Symphony: $500
Concert Orchestra: $390
Percussion Ensemble: $390
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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