To provide students with a high-quality music education that instills an emotional connection with and lifelong passion for music, fosters a diverse community of musicians, and offers outstanding symphonic performance opportunities for students to share their musical gifts with the community.
Inspiring, challenging, connecting and celebrating diverse performers, audiences and communities through live music.
Instill life-long values of responsibility, accountability, teamwork, problem solving, creativity and cultural appreciation in students from all economic and social backgrounds.
Develop the next generation of professionals and community leaders through achieving excellence in the study and performance of symphonic music.
Support music education in South Carolina through collaboration with local music educators, school music programs and arts organizations.
Strengthen the foundation of our community by enriching the quality of life and adding to the vibrancy of our diverse culture.
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Becoming a Member
Membership in the SCPYO is open to students throughout the state ages eight through high school, on an auditioned basis.
To become a member you must:
If accepted, the SCPYO is a full-year commitment (September-April). Students who drop mid-cycle without notifying or without legitimate cause may not be eligible to rejoin.
Prelude, Concert and Symphonic orchestra rehearsals are 90 minutes.
Youth Philharmonic rehearsals are 2 hours.
The SCPYO holds 3 concerts per year for all of our ensembles. Performances dates can be found here.
Membership is open to all musicians ages 8 through high school with at least some playing experience on an auditioned basis.
The SCPYO recognizes the importance of school music programs in their communities. We highly recommend and strongly encourage our members to be active participants in those programs.
The SCPYO and the schools share a common goal of educating student musicians. Exceptions may be made for students who encounter class-scheduling conflicts between instrumental music courses and courses required for graduation from high school, if such conflicts would postpone the student’s timely graduation from high school.
Tuition rates are a one-time payment for the whole year. Need-based tuition assistance is available by application for those auditioning.
* Tuition and fees are non-refundable.
Yes! We never want participation fees to come between a student and their ability to participate.
The South Carolina Philharmonic is committed to making our education programs accessible to all students and families.
Through tuition assistance we offer:
Auditions are held every year in May for new and returning students.
Materials for the upcoming season will be posted in January. Audition registration will open in April.