Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra

Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra Now Accepting New Members for the 2020-21 Season!

To apply to the Incredible Opportunity Program (IOP), student must submit an essay titled, “Why I Want to Play the Violin,” to

10 students are accepted into this ensemble.  Apply today!

Classes are held Sunday afternoons, beginning in late August, and run through the beginning of May.  If restrictions are still in place, classes will be streamed on our facebook page.  Once in person rehearsals are possible, classes will resume at St. Peter’s Church in Frankfort.

To join our advanced group, string students are invited to apply at this time by visiting the website below and clicking on “Join SYSO”.  Video auditions may be submitted to our email address in lieu of live auditions.   Once in person rehearsals can begin, SYSO will meet at St. Peter’s Church in Frankfort.  

Further information including a sample student handbook and example of our schedule of rehearsals and concerts can be found on the website

Contact us with your questions by emailing

Please address questions to Barbara Bhojraj, Orchestra Manager.

Scholarship Winners!

The Crete Woman’s Club is proud to announce the 2020 Crete-Monee High School College Scholarship winners.

unnamedReceiving a $2000 Academic Scholarship is Zoe Koehl, Crete, who will be attending the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, majoring in architecture. She was very involved in school activities as an All-Conference varsity soccer player, Math Team captain and two-time state qualifier, and Scholastic Bowl All-Conference as well as team captain. Zoe served the community as a youth leader, and volunteer for the Crete Park District, Crete Library, and Will County Forest Preserve. She excelled academically as a student who was on the honor roll, a member of National Honor Society, and an Illinois State Scholar. In her essay, Zoe wrote that as a past Crete Woman’s Club Summer Camp Scholarship winner she attended camp at Illinois Tech. “This experience in particular helped me to realize that pursuing a career in architecture was the right choice.”

unnamed (1)The second $2000 Academic Scholarship recipient is Chloe Quin, of Crete, who will attend Augustana
College in Rock Island, Illinois as a biology major with a pre-veterinary emphasis. She worked as a veterinary assistant at Plum Creek Regional Medical Center. While attending Crete-Monee High School, Chloe was a member of the Concert, Marching, and Pep Bands, a member of Math Team, Science Club,
and a peer tutor. She also volunteered at South Suburban Humane Society and PAWS. Chloe distinguished herself academically being on high honor roll for all four years, as a member of National Honor Society, and an Illinois State Scholar. Also a past Crete Woman’s Club Summer Camp Scholarship recipient wrote, “While I initially fell in love with veterinary medicine due to my passion and love of animals, I have a drive to tackle any challenges that come my way…”

unnamed (2)Caden Ordanas, Crete, has been awarded the $1500 Technical Trade Scholarship. He will be attending The Illinois Fire Service Institute at the University of Illinois in Urbana, with an interest in fire science and emergency medical services. Caden has worked as a Crete Park District life guard and swim instructor. He volunteers with the Crete Fire Department, and at First Presbyterian Church of Chicago Heights. While at Crete-Monee High School, he was a member of the wrestling team, and the Marching Band. In his application Caden wrote, “As a cadet with the Crete Fire Department I have not only grown to love my desired profession, but also found a desire to pursue my education in the field.”
The members of Crete Woman’s Club wish these students much continued success as they continue their educations.

Peyton Budlove, of Crete, received a $350 Junior High Camp Scholarship. He will be attending Football Camp in Manteno. Peyton attends Illinois Lutheran School where he is in band and on the wrestling team. Football is his passion. The Woman’s Club hopes he will enjoy his summer camp experience.
The members of Crete Woman’s Club wish these students much continued success as they continue their educations.