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. 

2020-21 Season and Registration Update:
Next season may look different than in the past to ensure everyone’s safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.Our program options will be based on state and local guidelines, and availability of school district facilities. Rest assured that we will continue to provide a unique and valuable musical experience for all orchestra members, using a combination of in-person ensembles whenever possible, and virtual music classes and sectionals. We will keep you informed as new information emerges, and send an announcement as soon as it is time to register!

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!

Many thanks to the 135 youth musicians who auditioned for the 2020-21 Season
We are looking forward to another exciting year of music-making, with programs adapted to the circumstances in the fall. Our teachers and conductors are ready to begin the season with a variety of flexible, meaningful music education and performance opportunities for students.
CLICK HERE to help support them in the coming year!

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! 

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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?