Sioux City Symphony Orchestra

Category: Arts/Culture/Humanities

This Year's Project: Sioux City Symphony Youth Orchestra

About Our Organization

Founded in 1915, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) has been a dominant force in the cultural life of the surrounding tri-state region for 107 successful years. Our mission states: "The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra is committed to changing lives through musical excellence for the diverse communities we serve and beyond through innovative performances, educational programs and culturally inclusive outreach." Today the SCSO is reaching new diverse audiences in unexpected ways, from collaborating with community service and educational organizations to reinventing the entire concert experience by advancements in technology. The SCSO also offers a comprehensive range of free educational programs for students in more than 40 public, parochial, and home schools reaching more than 12,000 students annually. Committed to our mission for education, we launched a new, reimagined Youth Orchestra program available tuition-free to all students throughout the region.  The Youth Orchestra started with 25 participants and grew by 140% within its first year to include 60 participants.  Our Link Up program, in collaboration with Carnegie Hall and 100 orchestras around the country, attracts over 9,000 students to perform on their recorders in the Orpheum theatre with the SCSO over a two-day period.


Current Project: Sioux City Symphony Youth Orchestra

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra sponsored Youth Orchestra is a distinctive group of young musicians coming together to perform string music.  Under the baton of conductor, Dr. Bradley Miedema, these sixty musicians strike a chord with their talent and teamwork to create wonderful music for an appreciative audience.  Starting in fall 2021 with 25 young players, the ensemble quickly rose to 60 young players by late spring 2022.  This is a 140% growth in just one season.   

The Youth Orchestra is one of the SCSO's signature music education programs, and it is free of charge to be a member of the ensemble for all who pass their audition.   The cost of funding this group is $40,000 annually.   

Your donation to help fund the SCS Youth Orchestra will go a long way to providing the operational support we need to continue growing this ensemble.   There is potential to develop levels of ensembles for beginning, intermediate, and advanced players, and add woodwinds, brass, and percussion players as well.  We want to maintain the free membership as it allows young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn, grow, and live in the music as a team.  

Please consider a donation today as part of the Siouxland Big Give 2022 for the SCS Youth Orchestra.   

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Matching Funds Donated by

Nolan and Kelly Lubarski; and Tegra Corporation
Legal Name: Sioux City Symphony Orchestra Association

518 Pierce Street
Sioux City, IA 51101

(712) 317-3694

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