Welcome to Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras (ESYO)

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 Begins Soon!
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!

ESYO’s YouTube channel
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

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


Day of Giving Featured alumni
See our Facebook page for the many testimonials and performances sent in by our students and our alumni from near and far for our special Day of Giving in June. Their remembrances and love of youth orchestra continually inspires us to give young musicians our best!

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! 

Thank you for your gift


Since 1934, ESYO has provided a place for young musicians to LEARN, GROW, LEAD and PLAY!  Can you help continue this one-of-a-kind legacy?