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South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra


The South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra is an elite music education program comprised of four student orchestras, ranging from a string orchestra for beginning students to a symphonic orchestra for advanced players. These orchestras provide an inspiring group setting that gives young musicians the tools and training to pursue artistic passions, develop musical talents, and build leadership skills. Performances are scheduled at major venues throughout each season, giving students multiple opportunities to showcase their musical talents.

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2017-18 Student Orchestras and Rehearsal Schedules

Youth Orchestra Advanced Players
Conducted by Thomas Fortner
Rehearsal:  Sundays, 4:00pm – 6:30pm
September – May

Philharmonia Intermediate Players
Conducted by Jeffrey Paul
Rehearsal:  Mondays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
September – May

Sinfonia Developing Players
Conducted by Thomas Fortner
Rehearsal:  Mondays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
September – May 

Prelude Strings Beginning Players
Conducted by Thomas Fortner
Rehearsal:  Saturdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm
January – March


What will I learn in SDSYO?

The South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra is designed to enhance young musicians’ talents in an inspiring and educational group setting. Through participation, students build leadership skills, develop musical talents, and create lasting friendships. The SDSYO encourages these students to enjoy a life of active engagement in the arts.