Education & Outreach

Education and community outreach play an important role in the SSO’s mission and programming.  From student apprenticeships to a new El Sistema-based collaboration, the SSO works to cultivate music education and engagement within our community.  For additional information on the SSO’s education programs, please contact Music Director Troy Webdell at

Programs and Initiatives


UNIVERSO is a new after school arts program in East Chicago that involves seven different organizations in the Northwest Indiana region, including the South Shore Orchestra.  Modeled after Venezuela’s El Sistema program, UNIVERSO participants are able to engage with art, music, spoken word and dance.  UNIVERSO also focuses on youth development and building life skills.  The SSO takes part in the collaboration by having instructors teach the fundamentals of music to participating students.  Students also receive instrumental music lessons.  More information on UNIVERSO can be found at

Collaborating organizations include:

South Shore Arts
East Chicago Arts Initiative
Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra
Communities in Schools
South Shore Orchestra
South Shore Dance Alliance
School City of East Chicago

South Shore Orchestra Scholarship

2013 SSO Scholarship Winner Bailey Wantuch

2013 SSO Scholarship Winner Bailey Wantuch

The SSO awards an annual $2,500 scholarship to dedicated, college-bound high school seniors. To be considered for the scholarship, students must demonstrate their musicianship, audition before a jury and submit a statement.





South Shore Youth Orchestra

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