Syracuse Youth Orchestras

The Syracuse Youth Orchestras consist of the Syracuse Youth Orchestra (SYO) and the Syracuse Youth String Orchestra (SYSO).  The ensemble participants are middle and high school students from Central New York.  Playing in these ensembles helps students grow musically and intellectually; students also learn discipline and teamwork that will benefit them throughout life.  They are part of the Community Music Division of the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music in Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts.  The SYO is conducted by James Tapia, and the SYSO is conducted by Karen Veverka.


Dr. James R. Tapia of the Setnor School of Music conducts the Syracuse Youth Orchestra (SYO)

Professor Karen Ververka of the Skaneateles School District and the Setnor School of Music, conductor of the Syracuse Youth String Orchestra.

Rehearsals: Sundays from 2:00-4:00pm, September - May

Tuition for Participation: $325 due at the time of enrollment in August/September