Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra
DYSO - White House 2013

DYSO Staff

Neal Smith, Music Director and Conductor (Senior Orchestra)
Thomas Miller, Conductor (Junior Orchestra)
Jason Zimmerman, Conductor (Junior Orchestra)

Two high-quality symphonic ensembles designed for young musicians who are interested in making music in a collaborative, encouraging environment with other students from the Decatur area.  Membership is open to music students in grades 5-12 who have had at least one year of experience playing their instrument.  Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings (5:15 to 6:45 for Senior Orchestra and 5:15 to 6:15 for Junior Orchestra) at Millikin University. Tuition is $50 per semester (scholarships available).

 Placement Auditions for 2014-15 Season

Tuesday, Sept. 2 through Thursday, Sept. 4

5pm - 7:30pm, Perkinson Music Center Room #218

    To schedule an audition visit  Sign-up Genius or call 425-4698

    Students should prepare music that showcases their expressive and technical playing.  That could be one piece that does both or two separate ones.  They will also need to play scales (appropriate for their grade level) and sight read unfamiliar music.

    2014-15 Performance Schedule:

    ·        Winter Program - Central Christian Church

    o   Mon., Nov. 24th 7pm

    o   Dress rehearsal - Sun. Nov. 23rd 6pm – 8

    ·       Concerto Auditions - Fri. Dec. 5th (Senior Orchestra)

    ·        Carol Sing (Senior Orchestra with Millikin Children's Choir)

    o   Sunday, Dec. 14th at 4pm – Location TBA

    ·        DPS String Festival (Junior Orchestra)

    o   Tuesday, Feb. 24

    ·        "Fiddler on the Roof" (in collaboration with Park District "Perform" program) – select students only

    o   Performances - March 13, 14, and 15

    o   Dress Rehearsals – March 7 and 8

    ·        Spring Concert - Kirkland Fine Arts Center

    o   Sunday, April 12th 2pm

    ·        Trip to Nashville

    o   June 4 – 6, 2015

    For more information contact Neal Smith at or 217-424-6358

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

Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL