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Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra Program

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Auditions for the Spring 2020 term will be held on a rolling basis beginning on Monday, January 6. Students will be asked to play a short solo (2-3 minutes in duration) that demonstrates their technical and musical abilites and perform a brief sightreading excerpt. To schedule an audition time, please reach out to Dr. Neal Smith at nsmith@millikin.edu 

Please note: this audition block is for students who will be joining the DYSO Program for the first time this year. Students who played with the DYSO Program in the Fall 2019 term do NOT need to re-audition. Registration for Spring 2020 opens on December 15.

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Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra (DYSO)

The DYSO is high-quality ensemble of area orchestral musicians who are selected by audition and wish to develop their musical skills beyond their curricular music programs. Students rehearse well-known symphonic repertoire under the direction of Dr. Neal Smith, Coordinator of Music Education for the Millikin University, School of Music. Membership is open to music students in grades 6 through 12 who have had at least one year of experience playing an instrument.

Rehearsals take place Monday evenings from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center at Millikin University. Tuition is $52 per semester (scholarships available). The first rehearsal of the Spring 2020 semester will be January 13.

The Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra is supported by Millikin University, the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur, and Decatur School District #61.

DYSO Staff

Prelude Orchestra

The Prelude Orchestra is an intermediate ensemble designed for string, wind, and percussion students with at least one year of playing experience who are interested in developing their musicianship in an engaging and collaborative environment with other Decatur area student musicians.

Students who participate in the Prelude Orchestra will have the opportunity to perform with both a full orchestra and either a string or wind ensemble depending on the instrument they play. Under the direction of Alexandra Rodriguez, adjunct faculty member at Millikin University and music director at St. Teresa High School, students will rehearse fun and challenging repertoire that will strengthen their technical and musical abilities. 

Members of the Prelude Orchestra will also gain performance experience at several venues throughout the community including First Christian Church and Millikin University’s Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The Prelude Orchestra rehearses on Monday nights from 5:30-6:30pm in Pilling Chapel. The first rehearsal of the Spring 2020 semester will take place on Monday, January 27.

Please contact Alexandra Rodriguez (alexandrarodriguez@millikin.edu) with questions or for more information.

Prelude Orchestra Staff

Violin Players