Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra hosts second audition date Aug. 20

Staff Report

The Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra (RSYO) will host a second audition date from 3 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20, for its 49th concert season, which begins in September. Auditions will be at Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford.

Appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling (815) 972-2935. Additional audition information is available at While all instruments are welcome to audition, the RSYO is looking, in particular, for students to audition for strings, brass and flute.

The RSYO is the area’s premiere full orchestra for student musicians and provides training and performance experiences that are engaging, challenging and fun. In addition to performing great classical music repertoire, youth orchestra participants have an opportunity to perform side-by-side with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra in the spring 2015 Youth Concerts at the Coronado Performing Arts Center.

Composed of students from across northern Illinois who have a love of classical music and a desire to improve their skills while performing as an ensemble, the RSYO rehearses weekly and performs for the public throughout the year. For more about the RSYO, including audition details, visit To schedule an audition, call (815) 965-2935 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra is the parent organization of the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra. The RSYO offers high-quality music education opportunities through challenging orchestral literature. The youth orchestra also builds life skills including leadership, self-discipline, self-motivation and teamwork.

The RSYO is under the new direction of Conductor Linc Smelser. Smelser has been a member of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra Cello section for 14 years and has been an active substitute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 10 years.

Smelser has most recently been appointed professor of cello at the Wheaton Conservatory of Music. He is a faculty member of the Northern Illinois University School of Music and has been teaching private cello lessons through the NIU Community School of the Arts for 17 years. In 2003, Smelser was appointed conductor/music director of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra in DeKalb. He is also conductor/founder of the NIU Sinfonia and Youth Symphonette, two youth symphonies that attract students from the entire northern Illinois area. He is also pianist/accompanist for the Northern Illinois University Suzuki program.

Posted Aug. 12, 2014

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