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SYO Concerto Competition Winners (clockwise from top left): Bobrow, Kovarik, Musengo, DuBois SYO Concerto Competition Winners (clockwise from top left): Bobrow, Kovarik, Musengo, DuBois

The Syracuse Youth Orchestra (SYO) and Syracuse Youth String Orchestra (SYSO) will present their spring concert on Sunday, April 10, at 3:30 p.m. at West Genesee High School, 5201 W. Genesee St., Camillus. The concert will serve as a celebration for the outgoing senior student-musicians and will also feature the winners of the annual Syracuse Youth Orchestras concerto competition.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students ages 6-18. Admission for children 5 and under is free. All tickets may be purchased at the door.

The SYO, under the direction of James Tapia, will celebrate its graduating seniors with performances of Leonard Bernstein's “West Side Story: Selections for Orchestra,” arranged by Jack Mason; “The Montagues and Capulets” from Sergei Prokofiev's “Romeo and Juliet Second Suite”; and George Gershwin's “An American in Paris,” arranged by John Whitney. The SYO will also feature four exceptional concerto winners:

  • Sarah Bobrow, bassoon, Mozart Bassoon Concerto, Mvt. 1
  • Aaron DuBois, trumpet, Haydn Trumpet Concerto in Eb, Mvt. 3
  • Kathryn Kovarik, violin, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Mvt. 3
  • Julia Musengo, flute, Chaminade Flute Concertino

The SYSO, under the direction of Karen Veverka, will perform Norman Dello Joio's “Air for Strings,” the “Libertango” of Astor Piazzolla and “Chicken Foot Transplant” by Matt Turner. The SYSO will also perform Igor Stravinsky's “Dance Infernale” from “The Firebird Suite” accompanied by wind, brass and percussion musicians from the SYO.

The Syracuse Youth Orchestras 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 orchestras consist of some of the most talented middle and high school student musicians from across Central New York. Performing in these ensembles helps students grow musically and intellectually and learn discipline and teamwork that will benefit them throughout life. Auditions for these ensembles will take place in June.

For more information about the concert or ensembles, please contact Erin Tapia, SYO general manager, at