As Music Director for the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra, Simeone Tartaglione leads a supportive, motivational and healthy music program for students up to age 18 (some age exceptions may be based on specific needs for the orchestra).

The DYSO experience provides:

  • regular sectionals led by highly qualified coaches (strings, winds, brass and percussion) from the Music School and major orchestras along the East Coast
  • professional guest conductors from renowned institutions
  • exclusive performance opportunities for orchestra members, including performing as a soloist with DYSO if selected
  • free conducting masterclasses for interested members to be held periodically by the Music Director

2017-2018 TUITION

Semester 1: $389 for 15-week semester (strings)
  $209 for 8-week semester (winds/brass/percussion)
Semester 2: $389 for 15-week semester (all)

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Saturdays, 8:45–11:45 am
Wilmington Concert Hall

Starts September 30 for strings, November 11 for winds/brass/percussion.

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Please contact the Music School for audition information. Friday, June 9
Saturday, August 19
Sunday, August 20
Saturday, September 9
Sunday, September 10
2 scales (or 1 scale and 1 arpeggio) in 2 keys of choice
  • Students will be asked to play scales (or scale & arpeggio) legato and staccato and at both slow & fast tempos
1 solo piece
  • Accompaniment not required
  • Memorization not required
Snare Drum
  • Demonstrate a concert (multiple-bounce) roll at all dynamics. Play any prepared solo by Cirone, Delecluse, Pratt, Schinstine, Peters or similar.
  • If you have prior experience on these instruments, demonstrate your ability through scales (mallets), tuning (timpani) and any prepared solo.

Please contact the Front Desk of the Wilmington Branch at (302)762-1132 to request an audition.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016 • 7:30 p.m. • TBA • Free
Saturday, March 18, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • Sanford School, Hockessin • Free
Saturday, June 3, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • TBA • Free

Join us for our Italy tour Send-Off concerts! Saturday, June 17, 2017 • 7 p.m. • St. Anthony of Padua Church, Wilmington • Free
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 • 7:30 p.m. • Strathmore Hall, Rockville, MD • Free
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 • TBA • Free
Conducted by Maestro Simeone Tartaglione, the DYSO is coached by highly qualified artists from the Music School and major orchestras along the East Coast, as well as professional guest conductors from renowned institutions. Simeone Tartaglione music director

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DYSO performs
Infernal Dance by Igor Stravinsky
at the 2013 St. Anthony's Italian Festival in Wilmington, Delaware.

Conductor: Simeone Tartaglione
Venue: St. Anthony of Padua Church

Mascagni Intermezzo from Cavalleria
performed at the 2013 St. Anthony's Italian Festival in Wilmington, Delaware.

Conductor: Simeone Tartaglione
Venue: St. Anthony of Padua Church
Courtesy of Hank Chen

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Simeone Tartaglione, conductor, was schooled in the European tradition including conducting, composition, opera and chamber music and has become a versatile musician with a wide knowledge of and passion for the many areas of art music. He studied composition and conducting in Rome at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory and piano performance in Sicily at the Vincenzo Bellini Institute. In addition to his various degrees and honors, in 2003 he earned a Laurea as Doctor in Philology (Italian Literature and Musicology) Magna cum Laude and is a published author. He currently serves as associate conductor of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and most recently won the position of music director of the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra, core orchestral department head and piano instructor at The Music School of Delaware. In May of 2010, he became the Music Director of the Newark Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in Delaware. In Italy, he has been the artistic director of the Summer Festival Symphonia D’Estate since 2004.

Tartaglione has had extensive conducting experience in symphonic and operatic repertoire with orchestras in Italy, the United States, Spain, Russia, Romania, Mexico, the Ukraine and Bulgaria. He has won numerous competitions and prizes including: Allied Arts, Leon Guide, Athanor, Le Arti, Telamone, Diamante della Musica, Sykele,’ Rapisarda and Punto fermo. In Rome, he served as the artistic director of the Theatre Fusillo and of the MUSA Cultural Association for five years.

After winning an audition at the University of Denver, he moved there in 2005. At the same university, he became an adjunct professor of conducting while earning an Artist Diploma. Over the next five years he worked as a guest conductor, vocal coach, pianist and harpsichord player with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s Education and Outreach Programs, Central City Opera, Marilyn Horne Foundation, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra, Augustana Musica Sacra Orchestra and Broadway Music School. He also served as cover conductor for the Colorado Symphony on a number of occasions.

Invited by Maestro Gustav Meier in 2006, Tartaglione moved to Baltimore where he continued conducting studies at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University earning a Graduate Performing Diploma in 2009 with a conducting assistantship. From 2008 to 2010 he served as adjunct faculty for the Peabody Opera Department, coaching and conducting several performances. In 2009 and 2010, he served as the Music Director of the Be Orchestra, a volunteer group of Peabody and other Baltimore area students and recent graduates that served populations such as the homeless and prisoners. Still in Baltimore, he served as conductor of the Chesapeake Chamber Opera conducting several staged productions. Tartaglione also collaborated with Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Peabody Symphony, Peabody Opera and Hopkins Chorus and on occasions he served as cover and back stage conductor for the Baltimore Opera and the Baltimore Symphony. Simeone Tartaglione has recorded several CDs and DVDs as conductor and as pianist in duo with his wife, violinist Alessandra Cuffaro, the first Italian woman who performed all of the 24 Paganini Capricci in one concert. He and Ms. Cuffaro live in Baltimore with their two young daughters.


Yung-Chen Lin, DYSO manager, is an accomplished classical pianist. She received her master’s degree in piano performance from The Mannes College of Music, in addition to a Master of Science degree in arts administration from Drexel University. Yung-Chen enjoys teaching privately and working with young students at the Music School.

PERSONNEL 2016-2017

The personnel list will be updated once the new semester begins.

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This organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on

The Music School of Delaware is proud to be an active partner in the IN Wilmington Arts Campaign.