What is ESYO?

Eugene Springfield Youth Orchestra’s vision is to inspire and lead students on a journey of discovery through orchestral instruction and performance. We do this by offering the highest-quality instruction progressing from beginning classes to advanced orchestras, offering need-based program and private lesson scholarships, and collaborating with area schools and arts organizations.

Eugene Springfield Youth Orchestras currently runs several programs. Our sequential orchestral program includes five levels of orchestral training designed for students from grades four through the age of twenty-one. For grade-schoolers, ESYO has worked in partnership with area schools to maintain crucial first year classes called String Academies. Students may then continue through String Academy 2, for strings only, and three auditioned ensembles: the Little Symphony (strings only), the Junior Orchestra and the Eugene-Springfield Youth Symphony (both full symphonic orchestras). Other ESYO classes include summer elementary, middle and high school musical theater, summer strings, and summer band.