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. 

Congratulations to our graduating seniors and all DSSYO students for a great Spring Concert! 

Sunday, April 28 @ 3:00 PM

College of St. Scholastica’s Mitchell Auditorium

Concert Program

Please see below for 2024-2025 Application and Audition Information!

Join us for our 2024-2025 Season! 

The DSSYO wants YOU!

Auditions are held annually to find new members for the intermediate and advanced orchestras. The Sinfonia program is for string players only and is non-auditioned. DSSYO membership is open to students ages 10 through high school. 
In addition to advanced performance opportunities and weekly rehearsals, your DSSYO membership includes free tickets to DSSO concerts (exclusions apply) and professional coaching, as well as an annual retreat.

2024-2025 Auditions 

All DSSYO students must submit a membership application prior to auditioning.

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 our application form!

I’ve decided to audition – what now? 

Click here to find instructions, scales, and excerpts needed for your audition. There are two ways to audition for DSSYO:
1. Electronically: instructions for recording and submitting your audition video may be found in the Audition Requirements document. The submission deadline for electronic auditions is July 15, 2024. 
2. In Person: in-person audition dates and location will be available soon. Please check back. 
If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at  [email protected] or 218-623-3774.



Monday Evenings
Beginning September 2024
6:30 – 8:45 pm

College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Ave
Duluth, MN


2024-2025 season dates          coming soon!


Fall Concert
EEK! The Depot
Saturday, October 28, 2023
12 PM, 1 PM, and 2 PM
The Depot Theater
Concert Program

59th Annual Lollipop Concert
Sunday, February 25, 2024
3:00 PM
DECC Symphony Hall
Concert Program

Spring Concert
Sunday, April 28, 2024
3:00 PM
College of St. Scholastica
Mitchell Auditorium
Concert Program

Have questions?

Tuition Information

2024 – 2025 Tuition Rates:

Sinfonia: $375
Concert Orchestra: $400
Percussion Ensemble: $425
Youth Symphony: $550

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.


The DSSYO offers need-based tuition assistance for families whose children are enrolled in our ensemblesWe rely on the generosity of our contributors to provide this opportunity to our young musicians. As part of this process, we collect financial and demographic information to help us determine the amount of assistance availableAll provided information will be kept strictly confidential and used only for the purpose of determining eligibility for tuition assistance. Tuition Assistance applications will be mailed out with acceptance packets. Any questions may be emailed to [email protected]