Steel Orchestras Tryouts

CYSO’s youth steel orchestras are open to students in elementary, middle, and high school. The program introduces students to the steelpan (also called the steel drum), a unique percussion instrument with roots in the Caribbean islands and culture of Trinidad and Tobago. Rehearsals focus on music theory and technique, as well as learning about calypso and other musical styles from classical to jazz.

No experience is necessary to join CYSO’s Steel Orchestras—ensembles range from beginner to advanced. To join, students participate in a tryout and are placed in an appropriate ensemble based on their age and musical experience.


Audition registration for CYSO’s 2021-2022 season is open!
After registering, students will receive important information and instructions about in-person assessments and auditions that will take place in the summer.

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.

Slide-scale financial assistance is available for all CYSO programs


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