Welcome to Hyde Park Youth Symphony

Reach out to us for auditions: email auditions@hpys.org or call 1-773-595-1318

Hyde Park Youth Symphony

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 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.

This season, the Symphony celebrates over 35 years of music making. The Symphony proudly provides a truly unique experience for student musicians in their early years from grades two to twelve. Join the HPYS as a member family providing your child with a musical opportunity that builds on and extends the learning of the private and school instruction of your son or daughter taking it to the next level. The HPYS experience allows student musicians to perform in an orchestral group setting with their peers while the challenge of chamber ensembles hones their musical abilities in a smaller group setting. Junior Strings focus on performing together while the variety of strings, winds and brass instruments come together to voice great symphonic works for the Intermediate and Senior Orchestra levels.

As a music organization committed to the arts and maintaining such options for our children we hope you will consider joining the HPYS family through membership, attending our concerts and or as a supporter of our mission. We hope to see you soon.


Auditions are held at the Hyde Park Union Church
5600 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago

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

Welcoming student musicians in grades 1 - 12
Accepting strings, wind, brass, and percussion instruments at all levels
Please refer to the Auditions page for further information

News & Announcements

HPYS Receives Generous $1000 Donation from The Daniel and Henry Company

Daniel and Henry Jeans

Representatives from The Daniel and Henry Company (headquartered in St. Louis, MO) including Tim Lain, Vice President, were here October 10, 2013, to present a $1000 check to the HPYS. The money was collected via the company's community involvement program called "Jeans BeCause". The HPYS was selected as the recipient of this month's charitable donation. Pictured with Tim Lain are various HPYS members of the staff and board surrounded by the Senior Orchestra. A sincere Thank You to The Daniel and Henry Company for its generosity and thoughtfulness!

Welcome Joshua Aerie

Meet Joshua Aerie, our new Music Director and Senior Orchestra Conductor. Josh is an accomplished musician, conductor and educator - and we are thrilled that he has joined us as a new member of the HPYS. Along with his experienced staff, Josh’s energy and enthusiasm will lead the HPYS to a wonderful and exciting new season.

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.