Spartan Youth Wind Symphony

For outstanding high school instrumentalists

The Spartan Youth Wind Symphony (SYWS) is an honors wind ensemble for high school students. SYWS is directed by Dr. Arris Golden, assistant director of bands in the MSU College of Music. Open to the most outstanding Michigan high school instrumentalists (woodwind, brass, and percussion), the Spartan Youth Wind Symphony provides an opportunity to rehearse in a university setting. Students will perform and interact with peers from around the state and receive instruction from College of Music faculty and students. They will enhance their skills as musicians and ensemble performers through the exploration of advanced-level repertoire in an inspired rehearsal atmosphere. Each semester culminates in combined performances with the MSU Wind Symphony, Symphony Band or MSU Alumni Concert Band.

Please note: All auditions this year must be completed via electronic means (.mp3 is preferable) or CD submission by US Mail. CDs must be postmarked NO LATER THAN May 15, 2020, and e-mail submissions must be received before 11:59 PM on May 17, 2020. There is further information available regarding the audition and submission process on the How To Join webpage.

Returning for the 2020-2021 season!
In addition to the Wind Symphony, the extensive SYWS Chamber Music Program provides the most outstanding musicians the opportunity to perform with one of nine Honors Chamber Ensembles, including brass and woodwind quintets, saxophone and tuba/euphonium quartets, chamber wind ensemble, flute choir, clarinet choir, brass choir, and percussion ensemble. The chamber ensembles are coached by MSU College of Music graduate students and faculty, and perform on a chamber recital at the end of each semester.