Auditions will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2015

To schedule an appointment, email or call 1-773-595-1318

News & Announcements

Spring Benefit


Thank you to all for your support of our first benefit attended by outside guests. We had over 100 guests, the Kersten hall was a beautiful elegant venue, our students sounded wonderful, we had a very nice dinner and we raised more than we ever have before.

Our guest of honor was Florence Schwartz, violinist from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other guests included music teachers, University of Chicago Faculty members, past Presidents of the board and many other friends of the Hyde Park Youth Symphony.

Physics Experiment

The Guyot-Sionnest Lab set up a science and music table that delighted our youngsters. In addition to raising money, our benefit helped raise awareness of our orchestra in the neighborhood. It was a great excercise in teamwork as parents, board members and staff all worked hard to pull off a lovely party.

Thank you everyone!

Claire Despres Oppenheim Concerto Competition


This year's Claire Despres Oppenheim Concerto Competition was held at the Hyde Park Union Church on the 9th of April, 2015. After some deliberation, the judges chose the winning candidate from a team of highly skilled competitors.

Nicolas Worsley is a sixth grade student at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools - and the winner of this year's Claire Despres Oppenheim Concerto Competition. Being a member of the Hyde Park Youth Symphony has provided Nicolas with the opportunity to significantly improve his skills on the violin and perform in a number of concerts along with his senior orchestra group. Nicolas started playing the violin at the age of six under the instruction of John Tredon and Yimei Chen.

Opportunities for Involvement

We operate, succeed and prosper with the help of parents and the community. Please download the Opportunities for Involvement form (pdf) and choose which area(s) would best benefit from your enthusiasm and talents.

The Hyde Park Youth Symphony (HPYS) is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a high-quality arts experience to youth on the south side of Chicago, Illinois and nurturing in them a love for music that will last a lifetime. The Symphony serves a broad range of young people and families, from a variety of public, private, and home school programs, and from a diversity of racial, ethnic, educational, and economic backgrounds.