The Springfield Youth Symphony (SYS)
Under the direction of James Ledbetter, this ensemble is comprised of 65-75 junior and senior high school musicians from over 25 different schools and home schools in Clark, Champaign, Logan, Greene, Miami, Franklin, and Montgomery counties. The 2008-2009 season is the 50th anniversary season of the SYS.
The SYS provides one of the few opportunities in this area for young musicians to play in a full orchestral setting. Each season features several concerts and weekly rehearsals in the professional environment of the Kuss Auditorium at the Clark State Performing Arts Center.
Highlights of the Springfield Youth Symphony season include:
• A Side-by-Side weekend, with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO), which includes master classes, mentoring, and a concert in the Kuss Auditorium. This event takes place every other season.
• Sectional coaching by members of the SSO.
• Chamber music opportunities with a Brass Choir and Woodwind Quintet, String Quartet and Percussion Ensemble. These small ensembles are featured in numerous performances throughout the school year. Students are chosen by audition.
• Master class opportunities with SSO guest artists.
• Project Protégé, a program in which select SYS string players are invited to perform with the Springfield Symphony during a subscription concert.
• A Concerto Competition for SYS seniors. The winner performs a solo with the SSO during the Side-by-Side concert.
• Collaborative opportunities to enhance each student's participation in the arts. The Youth Orchestra program has participated in exciting collaborations with the National Trail Parks and Recreation District, The Gary Geis Dance Company, The Springfield Museum of Art and the Clark State Community College Theater Program.