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Youth Orchestra

The South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra is an elite music education program comprised of five student ensembles, ranging from a string orchestra for beginning students to a symphonic orchestra for advanced players, and chamber orchestra for student musicians ages 6 – 18. These ensembles provide an inspiring group setting that gives young musicians the tools and training to pursue artistic passions, develop musical talents, and build leadership skills. Performances are scheduled at major venues throughout each season, giving students multiple opportunities to showcase their musical talents.

With inquiries regarding auditions and enrollment, please call 605-335-7933, or email the Youth Orchestra Manager (

For paying tuition, visit our SDSYO Portal. Please email the Youth Orchestra Manager ( with any questions regarding access.

2024-25 Student Ensembles and Rehearsal Schedules

Youth Orchestra Advanced Symphonic Orchestra

Conducted by Nicholas Sharma
Rehearsal: Sundays, 3:30pm – 6:00pm
September 8 – May 11

Philharmonia Intermediate Symphonic Orchestra

Conducted by Jeffrey Paul
Rehearsal: Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
September 9  – May 11

Sinfonia Developing String Ensemble

Conducted by Nicholas Sharma
Rehearsal: Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
September 9 – May 11

Prelude Strings Beginning String Ensemble

Conducted by Nicholas Sharma
Rehearsal:  Mondays, 5:30pm – 6:15pm
January 6 – May 11

Camerata Chamber Ensembles

Camerata is available for ages 6-18 with students placed in small groups according to their ability level. Groups rehearse once weekly for 1 hour throughout the school year (days/times vary per groups and are arranged at the beginning of the semester) and perform in two formal recitals at the Augustana University Hamre Recital Hall as well as other informal and outreach performance opportunities.

What will I learn in SDSYO?

The South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestra is designed to enhance young musicians’ talents in an inspiring and educational group setting. Through participation, students build leadership skills, develop musical talents, and create lasting friendships. The SDSYO encourages these students to enjoy a life of active engagement in the arts.