Founded in 1934, the Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras (ESYO) is one of the oldest non-profit organizations in the area! Our mission is to provide opportunities for youth to experience, appreciate, and perform orchestral music. We offer high quality instruction from beginning classes through advanced orchestras. Our need-based scholarships provide help with program fees and/or private lessons to any family that needs it. Collaborating with area schools and arts organizations, ESYO continues to enrich and encourage young musicians while helping to grow the culture of music education in our community.
ESYO’s 2020-21 Season Has Begun!
The first-ever online rehearsals showed us once more that youth musicians inspire us all!
Over 120 students gathered over Zoom this week to work with our conductors, teachers and professional coaches. Registrars and office staff worked behind the scenes to answer questions, and make sure students had what they needed. All ESYO staff are thrilled with the result! Our youth musicians can continue to make music – in a different, but musically fulfilling way.
Our online rehearsals will keep students engaged and playing – with challenging orchestral music and a variety of musical opportunities. We will continue to provide a unique and valuable musical experience for all orchestra members, using online sessions to break up rehearsals into sectionals, studio classes, visiting artists, educational extras and recording techniques! We look forward to meeting in person as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, students will work toward a virtual performance that showcases their abilities and their orchestras! Go to the orchestra programs page for more information!
First-year strings will begin soon! Click here for more information:
2020-21 STRING ACADEMY ONLINE
You Can Help Youth Play On
Youth in our community still need us to provide reliable, effective music education, no matter what this next year brings. ESYO is adapting rapidly to ensure that students can continue to learn music with us. Your support will help our orchestra programs survive these trying times and actually continue to grow and thrive. We invite you to be part of this extraordinary season by supporting our deserving young musicians!Thank you for your gift
Our artistic staff has created has many educational and fun videos for both new and experienced players. There are String Academy lessons for beginners, tuning videos for strings, useful audition and warm up tips, and student performances by youth musicians from every orchestra! You’ll even find clips from previous rehearsals and performances.
Check it out! https://www.youtube.com/user/EugSprngYouthOrch/videos
Season Finale Virtual Concert Success
An historic moment in ESYO’s 86-year history occurred in May when we presented our first-ever virtual concerts on Facebook Live. Featuring individual student performances from 4 different orchestras, the audiences were thrilled with the opportunity to hear these fine musicians showcase their skills in a variety of settings. Here’s a sample – and the good news is that they are still available to watch on our FB Page – click here!