About SYSO

For over 50 years, SYSO has brought meaningful, quality musical experiences to its members.  We welcome students at any level - from absolute beginner to advanced - to improve their skills and hone their musicianship through participation in ensembles designed to let them learn, rehearse, and perform with their peers.  

There are three major concerts every season, plus other performance and educational opportunities throughout the year, including a pre-concert and intermission performance with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. 

We have three ensembles:

Enduring Strings

Enduring Strings is a before-school music education program for elementary school students (grades K-5) hosted by Crete United Methodist Church.  In addition to ensemble rehearsals and performance opportunities, this program also offers personalized group and individual lessons. 

Incredible Opportunity Program

The Incredible Opportunity Program (IOP) provides beginning string group lessons (violin, viola, or cello) for students age 8-13.  Students may apply to participate through an essay contest.

Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra

The Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra (SYSO) is the top performing group and namesake of the organization.  Students who are accepted into SYSO have successfully completed a comprehensive audition.  Children ages 8-17 who already play a string instrument and can read music well are welcome to audition.