Incredible Opportunity Program

The Incredible Opportunity Program (IOP) is our beginner ensemble, a group instruction class, for students ages 8-13 who do not already play a string instrument, but would like to learn to play violin, viola, or cello. To be considered for IOP, students must submit a short essay titled,"Why I Want to Play (violin, viola, or cello)" to thesyso@gmail.com.  

Classes are held Sunday afternoons, 3-4PM, beginning August 25th, and run through the beginning of May.  IOP students participate in the three major concerts of the SYSO season.  They also participate in a pre-concert performance at the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra.

Total program cost is $280 plus a $15 materials fee (book and shoulder pad). A rental violin will be provided if needed at no additional cost.  Financial aid is available to qualified students.