Summer Youth Orchestra (SYO)

The ChiMOP Summer Youth Orchestra (SYO) is a free youth orchestra camp open by audition to any Chicago high school musician with experience playing an orchestral instrument. SYO has completed six seasons of ambitious programming, performed more than thirty concerts in venues across the city and beyond, and toured to places like Michigan, Saint Louis, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia, collaborating with other music for social change projects along the way.

2019 SYO will take place July 6-24. Audition details, repertoire, and tour destination will be announced in March 2019. We will host an information meeting and workshop this winter. Audition requirements are listed below. If you have other questions in the meantime, please contact Program Director Dalia Chin at

Audition requirements:

  • Play 2 major scales of your choice (as many octaves as possible)
  • Play chromatic scale (start on any pitch and go full range of your instrument)
  • Play 2 contrasting excerpts from a solo, orchestra piece, or etude
  • Approximately 5 minutes total length