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.


To participate, please complete the REGISTRATION FORM. Then choose one of the two following audition options:

  • SUBMIT A VIDEO Record yourself (phone video is fine). First, state your name, instrument, and school. Then play the requirements below. Share via Google Drive with Artistic Director Thomas Madeja at The file name should read “Your Name 2019 SYO Audition”
  • SCHEDULE A LIVE AUDITION Send an email to Program Director Dalia Chin at stating your name, instrument, and school and that you would like to attend one of our live auditions. You will be contacted shortly with options of dates and locations.


  • 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