Our next audition date is Monday, December 14, 2015, from 4:00pm-9:00pm.

To schedule an appointment, email auditions@hpys.org or call 1-773-595-1318.

The Holiday Concert will take place on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 7:30pm.

News & Announcements

Welcome to Intermediate Orchestra Director Lindsay Wright!

Lindsay Wright, Intermediate Orchestra Conductor

Lindsay Wright is an accomplished music pedagogue, performer, researcher, and member of the Hyde Park community. In addition to her role with HPYS, Wright is co-founder of the South Side Suzuki Cooperative, an educational partner of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. When she's not teaching lessons or organizing concerts, Wright is active as a graduate student in the music department at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation in progress explores the concept of musical talent in American history, pedagogy, and popular culture.

Before moving to Chicago, Wright was a classroom instrumental music teacher for the School District of Philadelphia, where she taught violin, viola, cello, bass, and orchestra classes to over 200 students a week. She holds Bachelors degrees in music and African American studies, a Masters degree in Multicultural Education, and is currently pursuing her PhD in musicology.

HPYS Moves to the Logan Center

HPYS to partner with the University of Chicago Music Department and the Logan Center for the Arts!

New HPYS rehearsal space at Logan Center

Starting in Fall of 2015, the Hyde Park Youth Symphony will enter a new era with:

  • A partnership with the University of Chicago Music Department
  • A partnership with the Logan Center for the Arts
  • Spectacular new rehearsal space overlooking Hyde Park at the Logan Center
  • Unprecedented personal attention from mentors who will coach and play side by side with HPYS musicians
  • An outstanding young Music Director, Matthew Sheppard
  • An advisory relationship with Maestra Barbara Schubert, Music Director and Conductor of the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Participation in the Logan Center Family Matinee Series

Music Director Matthew Sheppard

Welcome to Music Director Matthew Sheppard. In addition to overseeing HPYS and conducting our senior orchestra, Matthew is Director of the University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra. He is pursuing a doctorate in orchestral conducting at the University of Illinois and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music education, performance, and conducting from Penn State.

Claire Despres Oppenheim Concerto 2014-2015 Competition Winner


Nicolas Worsley, a sixth grade student at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools is the winner of the 2015 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.

Spring Benefit 2014-2015


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.

Physics Experiment

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.

The Guyot-Sionnest Lab set up a science and music table that delighted our youngsters.

Thank you, everyone!

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.