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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

casey.springstead@hochstein.org 

HYSO Conducting Apprenticeship

Special Opportunity!

age 15 and older

One student conductor apprenticeship position is available in the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, and selected by an interview process. This apprentice is chosen from the current membership of the Hochstein Youth Symphony. The student apprentice will conduct sectional rehearsals, play in the orchestra, and work individually with conductor Casey Springstead.

FEE: Apprentice is awarded as an honor; no charge.

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 will tour Spain & Portugal 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; $468* yearly tuition, payable in quarterly installments of $117. For students enrolled in individual lessons at Hochstein, yearly tuition is $412, payable in quarterly installments of $103. (Fees are as of Fall 2017.)

 

Learn more about our Tuition Assistance by clicking here.

HYSO Staff

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