Through partnerships with a number of community organizations, the Logan Center fosters connections between UChicago, its surrounding communities, and the rest of the city. Learn more about the partner organizations below and find opportunities for the young people in your life to nourish and express their love of music.

Hyde Park Youth Symphony

In partnership with the UChicago Department of Music, the Hyde Park Youth Symphony offers two levels of orchestral training: Youth Symphony and String Orchestra.

Conducted by Music Director Matthew Sheppard, the Youth Symphony (YS) is designed for middle and high school students who demonstrate a high level of music reading ability and technical mastery of their instrument. Students are placed into YS by audition. YS’s repertoire is grounded in a survey of the major periods of classical music, and may also feature works of orchestral jazz, musical theater, and film music. 

Led by Director Andrea Ferguson, the String Orchestra (SO) is designed for string and wind players who have sufficient training on their instruments to participate in an orchestra setting. The program focuses on improving students’ music-reading skills, reinforces technical fundamentals, and provides the musical peer motivation that can make such a difference to young players.

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The Hyde Park Youth Symphony is hosting FREE auditions for the 2022-23 season. Join your friends in rehearsals, workshops, masterclasses, performances and more!

Financial aid and scholarships are available. Register online at

South Side Suzuki Youth Music

South Side Suzuki is a cooperative strings program located in Hyde Park offering music instruction to students students from age 3 to adult. Its faculty are trained in a wide variety of teaching methods and have extensive experience as performers. As an organization, we passionately adhere to Shinichi Suzuki's philosophy that every child can learn to play music. 

Our mission is to foster well-rounded musicianship in our students, focusing on proficient music reading abilities, ensemble skills, confidence and comfort in performance settings, self-awareness around the processes of learning and practicing, knowledge of music theory and different musical cultures, and a variety of other skills according to the goals and needs of each student.

In addition to offering private lessons and group classes, we provide regular parent workshops, master classes with well-known performers, music theory classes, joint book recitals, play-down recitals, chamber music classes, and multiple yearly solo performance opportunities. Because of South Side Suzuki's cooperative structure, we are able to offer any combination of programs and opportunities in which there is adequate interest amongst our community.

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