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
DeWit Music Hall, Northwestern College, Orange City, IA

2022-2023 NISYO New Member Audition Date

Saturday, September 10, 2022
DeWit Music Hall, Northwestern College, 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 2021-2022 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

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 HERE  or MOC-Floyd Valley School District area HERE for further information about this program.

2022-2023 NISYO Rehearsal & Concert Schedule

See the NISYO Handbook to view and print


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