Steel Orchestras Tryouts

CYSO’s youth steel orchestras are open to students in elementary, middle, and high school. No experience is necessary to join CYSO’s Steel Orchestras, with ensembles ranging from beginner to experienced musicians. To join, students participate in a tryout and are placed in an appropriate ensemble based on their age and musical experience.

Each steel ensemble’s season follows the school year. The Fall semester includes rehearsals from September through May, and concerts in December and May. For more information, check out the Steel Orchestra Program page.

Ready to join Steel Orchestras?

Join an upcoming try-out to find out which ensemble will be the best fit!

Get answers to your questions about being a member of CYSO’s Steel Orchestras

Experienced steelpan players can audition for our most advanced ensemble, Kaiso Steel Orchestra.


The Jumbies
Elementary Students
Rehearsals: Saturdays, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Groove Steel Ensemble
Elementary/Middle School Students
Rehearsals: Saturdays, 10:30 AM – 12:00 AM

Junior Steel Orchestra
Intermediate Elementary/Middle School Students
Rehearsals: Saturdays, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Kaiso Steel Orchestra
Audition Requirements
Rehearsals:  Saturdays, 3:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Questions about Steel Orchestra? Contact Scott McConnell at or 312-939-2207 ext. 270