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"Mr. Springstead is an amazing instructor! He keeps musicians and families informed with his newsy weekly communications, which include a detailed rehearsal schedule. He is very knowledgeable about all literature performed by HYSO, and treats everyone with respect. He is a terrific educator and conductor, and patiently guides all musicians to work within their section groups, and deliver high level performances."

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HYSO Director's Welcome

Thank you for visiting the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra (HYSO) web page!  Using the links, 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


Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra (HYSO)

Casey Springstead, Director

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

Saturdays, 9:00-11:30 am 


PLEASE NOTE: Hochstein orchestras will be rehearsing in-person beginning October 10, 2020

  • The HYSO will be allowed to meet in-person excluding wind, brass, and percussion instruments. Please stay tuned for specific details which will be sent to our students by the directors.
  • Students will be asked to follow safety guidelines and expectations while in the building. Everyone entering Hochstein will be required to wear a mask when they are in the building.
  • Parents/guardians are expected to leave the building during most orchestra rehearsals after dropping off their student.


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 Spain & Portugal in the spring of 2018.  


Audition information for the 2019-2020 school year can be accessed using the form links at the left.


FEE: Adjusted session tuition is $360*. For students enrolled in individual lessons at Hochstein, session tuition is $324. As always, tuition will still be divided into four installments, with the first due on October 10, 2020.



Learn more about our Tuition Assistance by clicking here.

HYSO Conducting Apprenticeship

Special Opportunity!
age 15 and older

Note: The Conducting Apprenticeship is on hold for 2020-2021.

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.



HYSO Seniors of 2020

- Hoja Arzanesh: Rochester Institute of Technology, Computer Science Engineering

- Henry Berger: Yale University, Mechanical Engineering

- Lizzy Bernold: University of Chicago, Public Policy/Human Development and Music

- Alina Chadwick: Dartmouth College, Government and Mathematics

- Joshua Cotto: Nazareth College, Music Performance

- Madeline Couch: Roberts Wesleyan College, Music Education and Global Studies

- Emma Dickerson: University of Rochester, Digital Media Studies/Computer Science

- Matt DiRisio: Michigan State University, Computer Science

- Ben Eckdahl: Le Moyne College, Nursing

- Kristin Hahn: University of Rochester, Biomedical Engineering

- Jett Kopalek: SUNY Geneseo, undecided

- Hayden Lieb: Stony Brook University, Mathematics

- Ariana Marseglia: University of Scranton, Neuroscience (Pre-Med)

- Shawn Mou: Sarah Lawrence College, Liberal Arts

- Meera Pandya: Carnegie Mellon University, College of Engineering, undecided

- Laine Ramsay: McGill University, Biochemistry, Music, and Political Science

- Helena Robinson: Norwich University, Mechanical Engineering

- Leah Rosen: Rochester Institute of Technology, Industrial Design and Psychology

- Olivia Rosen: University of Maryland, Animal Sciences

- Emma Somers: Cedarville University, Music Education

- Emma Stenzel: George Washington University, International Affairs

- Ben Tischner: Brigham Young University, Organ Performance and Biochemistry

- Cody Uman: Yale University, Mathematics

- Demi Viavattine: University of Miami - Frost School of Music, Cello Performance

- Shea Willis: NYU Gallatin School, French, Russian, Existentialist Philosophy, and Music

- Mabel Zawacki: Wellesley College, Classical Studies/Pre-Med Track

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