Steel Orchestras Tryouts

One of CYSO’s newest endeavors, our youth steel orchestras are open to students in elementary, middle, and high school. No experience is necessary to join CYSO’s Steel Orchestras– ensembles range 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.

Ready to join Steel Orchestras?

For detailed information about preparing for Steel Orchestras tryouts and membership, check out the FAQ below.

Students interested in auditioning for Kaiso, our most advanced steel ensemble, should register at the link above and prepare the excerpts below.


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? Please contact Malika Green via email or by calling 312-939-2207 x290.