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. David Thornton, 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 and Symphony Band.
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.