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Literature History

Click here for a searchable PDF document listing the HYSO's past literature as of July 2019.  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!

"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."

Photo: Brooke Nance Photography
Click here for online bio.

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 



  • 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. The HYSO is planning to tour Germany and the Czech Republic during spring break of 2022.


Audition information for the 2021-2022 school year can be accessed by clicking here.


Fees for the 2021-22 school year: $10 registration fee; $504* yearly tuition, payable in quarterly installments of $126. For students enrolled in individual lessons at Hochstein, yearly tuition is $444, payable in quarterly installments of $111. (Fees as of Fall 2021.)



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 2021

- Norah Bailey: SUNY Fredonia, Music Education

- Kristin Berry: Nazareth College, Music Therapy

- Ella Bode: Cedarville University, Pre-law

- Summer Braithwaite: Brigham Young University, Music Education

- John Canham: Rochester Institute of Technology, Engineering

- Caspar Carson: University of Rochester or Binghamton University, Biology

- Isabella Ciardi: Rochester Institute of Technology, Psychology

- Michael Coles: Nazareth College, History and Pre-Law

- Anna Couch: Baylor University, undecided

- Lydia Daley: Joining the Navy

- Madeleine Eckhardt: Rochester Institute of Technology, Illustration

- Rachel George: Nazareth College, Music Therapy and French Horn Performance

- Chris Han: Binghamton University, Finance

Joshua Mercer: Finger Lakes Community College, undecided

- Shreya Mocherla: University of Pittsburgh, Business/Economics, minor in Spanish

- Carli Molinari: Butler University, Pre-pharmacy

- Daniel Noone: University of Rochester, Neuroscience then medical school

- Emily Oldfield: Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Music Education

- Meghan Parisi: Slippery Rock University, Dance

- Meagan Picard: SUNY Fredonia, Music (Violin)

- Micah Smith: Gettysburg College, Poli Sci/International Relations, minor in Music Performance

- Katie Uetz: Case Western University, Physics and possibly Astronomy

- Aaron Uzelmeier: Nazareth College, Music Performance (Tuba)/Chemistry

- Yuki Wada: SUNY Binghamton, then law school

- Kathy Yan: University of Rochester, Humanities or Business

No info: William Bozek, Abigail Canterbury, Pharoah McLamore, Ivan Widlund

Click below to view the 2021 Seniors book, or click here to download a PDF version.


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