CYSO’s Steel Orchestras are comprised of four youth steel ensembles made up of elementary, middle, and high school students. This is a full year program that introduces students to music through the steelpan (or steel drum), a unique percussion instrument which has its roots in the Caribbean islands and culture of Trinidad and Tobago. Rehearsals focus on basic music theory, technique, musicianship, building a diverse repertoire and learning about calypso—the traditional music of Trinidad and Tobago—as well as other musical styles from classical to jazz.
STEEL ORCHESTRA MEMBERSHIP
No experience is necessary to join CYSO’s Steel Orchestras– ensembles range from beginner to experienced percussion students of all ages. To join, students will participate in a tryout to be placed in an appropriate ensemble.
Each steel ensemble’s season follows the school year. The Fall semester includes rehearsals from September through May, and concerts in December and May.
Steel Orchestra Ensembles and Rehearsal Times
The Jumbies | Elementary School 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 | High School Students
Rehearsals: Saturdays, 3:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Kaiso audition requirements
Questions? Please contact Malika Green via email or by calling 312-939-2207 x290.
The CYSO Steel Orchestra program is supported in part by a generous donation from The Alvin & Louise Myerberg Family Foundation.