HYSO Director's Welcome

Thank you for visiting the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra (HYSO) website!  Using the links on this page, I hope that you will take a moment to familiarize yourself with the HYSO as well as with all of our comprehensive offerings at Hochstein. 

The HYSO is an advanced youth orchestra comprised of grade 7-12 students from all over the Rochester region. Our primary goal is to create a community of talented young musicians through the rigorous study of classical symphony orchestra literature. We pride ourselves on the excellence of our performances, and we work diligently to foster a learning environment that nurtures and encourages students as they develop their musicianship.

All are welcome to visit our rehearsals, occurring most Saturday mornings at Hochstein from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. We are looking forward to an exciting season, and I hope to see you at one or more of our concerts this year!


Casey Springstead
Director, Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra

Photo: Brooke Nance Photography
Click here for online bio.

Literature History

Click here for a searchable PDF document listing the HYSO's past literature as of June 2017.  We still need the titles prior to the Fall of 2005 as well as for the May 2007 concert.  If you have this or any other information that may be helpful to include here, please email casey.springstead@hochstein.org.  Thank you!

Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra (HYSO)

Casey Springstead, Director

Suggested grades 7-12, NYSSMA Level 6, audition required

Saturdays, 9:00-11:30 am 

A full orchestra (strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion) for advanced musicians. The Youth Symphony Orchestra promotes musical experience through the study and performance of standard orchestral repertoire, contemporary works, small ensembles, and student concerto performances. Season repertoire includes Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary music. The HYSO toured Italy in Spring 2009, Ireland in Spring 2011, France in Spring 2014, Austria/Germany in Spring 2016, and travels to Portugal & Spain in 2018. (Click here for information on the 2018 Portugal & Spain tour.)


Auditions for the 2017-18 school year begin April 25, 2017. Deadline is April 15. Click here for audition information.

FEE: $10 registration fee; $450* yearly tuition, payable in quarterly installments of $112.50. For students enrolled in individual lessons at Hochstein, yearly tuition is $394, payable in quarterly installments of $98.50. Fees are as of Fall 2016.

Learn more about our Tuition Assistance by clicking here.

HYSO Staff

Dr. Pia Liptak,
HYSO Strings Coach
Colleen Wolf,
HYSO Brass Coach
Diane SmithDiane Smith,
HYSO Woodwind Coach
John Rolland,
HYSO Percussion Coach
Ruth GatesRuth Gates,
HYSO Manager