Youth Ensembles

The Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles (DSYE) is the premier orchestral training program for youth in the tri-state area. It is an educational component of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, overseen by the DSO Education Committee. The DSYE's mission is to supplement and enhance music education in the schools and to promote the highest standards of musical excellence via weekly rehearsals and regularly scheduled public performances. The DSYE include four training ensembles: Dubuque Youth String Ensemble, Dubuque Youth Philharmonia, Dubuque Youth Wind Ensemble and Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra.

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Dubuque Youth String Ensemble

The String Ensemble is an introductory honors ensemble for young string players with an average of 1-4 years playing experience or equivalent ability.  The group performs various levels of string orchestra literature from the standard middle school repertoire.

The DYSE is conducted by Dr. Paul Price-Brenner.

Dubuque Youth Philharmonia

The Philharmonia is an honors ensemble for string players.  Members generally have an average of 3-6 years playing experience, or equivalent ability, and perform individually at a high-school or advanced middle-school level.

The DYP is conducted by Andrew Geyssens.

Dubuque Youth Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is an honors ensemble for wind, brass and persussion players. Students have at least 2 years of ensemble experience, and perform at a high school or advanced middle school level.

The DYWE is conducted by Dr. Glenn Pohland

The Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra

The Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra is the DSYE's premier honors orchestra.  Students typically have 5-9 years of ensemble experience, or equivalent ability, and play individually at a pre-college or college level.  Musicians gain experience performing standard classical repertoire in a full orchestra setting.

The DYSO is conducted by HyeYoun Jang

Rehearsal Information

The Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles rehearse on Sunday evenings throughout the school year at Dubuque Senior High School.  Rehearsals begin in Fall 2018.


Annual tuition fees for the 2018-19 season are as follows:
String Ensemble - $195
Philharmonia - $205
Wind Ensenble - $205
Youth Orchestra - $250

Tuition assistance is available on an as-needed basis. No student will be denied membership in the ensembles due to financial concerns.

Tuition Assistance Guidelines
Tuition Assistance Application

For more information, please contact the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra office at (563) 557-1677 or email DSO Education Programs Manager Madalyn Mackey at

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