The Guild and Music Education in Decatur, Illinois
Music education is vital to the future of symphonic music, hence, the strong emphasis the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur (SOGD) gives in its mission statement to supplementing music education in Decatur, Illinois and area schools.
Do You Have An Instrument to Donate to the Instrument Library?
Research has proven that children who study music via an instrument are likely to enhance their academic successes in school. Instruments donations to the library are always welcomed.
Qualified children can check out a “loaner” instrument from the DPSF to participate in school band and orchestra.
The instrument library was created by instrument donations from community individuals as well as grants from the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur and the Decatur Public Schools Foundation. Over 180 musical instruments are currently “on loan” to music students in Decatur, Illinois for the past 5 years. There was a waiting list of students who want to study music and were turned away because of lack of instruments.
For more information about the Instrument Library or to donate an instrument please contact:
Decatur Public Schools Foundation Executive Director
For pick up or to drop off instruments at the following locations:
Decatur Area Arts Council
Decatur Public Schools Foundation, DPS61 Professional Development Building
The Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur is a 501(c)3 organization.
Your donations may be tax deductible within the limits of the law.
Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra
The Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra is sponsored by the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur and Millikin University. The DYSO is an organization that offers a full orchestral experience to talented area students in grades 6-12. The Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra’s (DYSO) reputation has been one of excellence throughout its 21 years of existence. Concerts occur each semester and afford students an advanced performance opportunity. Instruction in chamber ensembles is also part of the DYSO experience. Auditions are held annually in September. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings at Kirkland Fine Arts Center from 5:15pm to 6:45pm. Tuition is $50 per semester (scholarships available). Contact person: Dr. Neal Smith, 217-424-6300.