The Northwest Iowa Symphony Youth Orchestra (NISYO) seeks to provide a youth orchestra program that motivates and inspires progressing instrumentalists in the pursuit of musical excellence.


Participation in the Northwest Iowa Youth Symphony (NISYO) builds upon the music instruction students receive through their school music programs and private lessons.  Membership is granted to new members by an audition held in August/early September.  Musicians must be active participants in their school music program to be eligible for participation in NISYO.  The Northwest Iowa Symphony Youth Orchestra provides a progressive large ensemble experience for young musicians in grades K-12.  The ensemble rehearses weekly and presents two concerts per season.

Dr. Angela Holt, NISYO Music Director & Conductor

Dr. Onsby Rose, NISYO Associate Director

2022-2023 General Rehearsal Schedule

NISYO – Saturdays, 9:30-11:00am, Northwestern College Music Building, Orange City, IA

2022-2023 NISYO New Member Audition Date

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Northwestern College Music Building, Orange City, IA

Audition Requirements

-G, B♭, & C Major 2 octave scales

-One-minute excerpt of solo piece

-Ability to tune own instrument

To schedule an audition, please email Dr. Holt at and include the musicians name, instrument, and grade level for the 2022-2023 school year.

2022-2023 Tuition Rate

Tuition for full-year membership in NISYO is $100.  This amount (check for $100 payable to NISO) needs to be paid in full by September 18, 2022

 “All Kids Can” is an organization that helps with assisting families pay for student activities.  Please connect with “All Kids Can” for Sioux Center School District area at or MOC-Floyd Valley School District area at for further information about this program.

2022-2023 NISYO Rehearsal & Concert Schedule

NISYO – Saturdays, 9:30-11:00am, Northwestern College Music Building
Rehearsals held in the rehearsal room (dates noted with * will be held on Christ Chapel stage)

FALL 2022
September 10:  NISYO Auditions
September 17, 24:  Rehearsals, 9:30-11:00am
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29:  Rehearsals, 9:30-11:00am
November 5, 12, 19:  Rehearsals, 9:30-11:00am
December 3:  Rehearsals, 9:30-11:00am
December 10*:  Dress Rehearsal, 1:00-2:30pm
December 10*: Concert, 3:00-4:00pm

January 14, 21, 28:  Rehearsals, 9:30-11:00am
February 4, 11, 18, 25: Rehearsals, 9:30-11:00am
March 18, 25: Rehearsals, 9:30-11:00am
April 1, 15, 22, 29: Rehearsals, 9:30-11:00am
May 6*: Dress Rehearsal, 1:00-2:30pm
May 6*: Concert, 3:00-4:00pm

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