Little Symphony

Our 87th Season has begun! ESYO’s first online rehearsals were met with wonderful enthusiasm from conductors and students alike. Conductor Dale Bradley created an online musical experience appropriately suited for the eager members of the Little Symphony. Professional coaches worked with smaller groups sharing their musical knowledge with students. The fine young musicians quickly adapted to the online platform, readily performed for each other, and inspired us all with their playing.  And it was FUN! 

FALL AUDITIONS AVAILABLE: If you are interested in auditioning for the orchestra, please call 541-484-0473. You can also email the registrar at

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Welcome to Little Symphony! This season will look different than in the past, with online rehearsals in the fall to ensure everyone’s safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the unusual circumstances, we have a unique and valuable musical experience waiting for you!

Your conductor, Dale Bradley, is glad you are a part of this fine orchestra. He has designed a program of online rehearsals and performances, including sectionals with professional coaches, studio classes, workshops, and educational extras. Rehearsals will be from 4:30-6pm each Monday evening. They will be separated into different interactive sessions, with students divided into sections or mixed ensembles to work with professional coaches or the conductor. This will provide them with more individualized and instrument-specific instruction, as well as opportunities to learn how the parts work together within the orchestra. We’ll also teach students recording techniques, and work toward a virtual December concert that will showcase their accomplishments. It all adds up to an exciting, educational, and rewarding season of music-making!

We will follow state and local guidelines, and return to in-person ensembles when it is safe for all. We’re looking forward to starting our 87th season with  you!

Little Symphony (LS) is an auditioned string ensemble consisting of violin, viola, cello, or string bass players with at least three years of instruction. LS meets on Mondays from 4:30-6:00pmThey will be held online beginning Sept. 28th, and we will resume in-person rehearsals as soon as it is safe to do so and schools are open. The LS season includes up to 30 rehearsals, sectional coaching, two education and outreach concerts, and two formal concerts in December and May. The program fee is $400 for the year, with several payment options and scholarships available.

Absences or Tardies: Please report all tardies and absences to the LS Registrar: Tricia Bevans, or 541-515-0779. Students are expected to be at rehearsal 10-15 minutes early so they are ready to begin at 4:30 sharp!

Be sure to subscribe to the google calendar below and check regularly for rehearsal and concert updates.  

LS CONDUCTOR Dale Bradley began conducting Little Symphony in 2019-20. Dale has been a huge part of our artistic staff for many years. He also teaches first-year String Academy in many different schools, and conducts String Academy 2 North. Dale is fine cellist, and a member of the Eugene Symphony and Oregon Mozart Players, and frequently plays for the community. He also teaches privately. He is known for his wonderful rapport with young people, and his musicianship as a composer and arranger as well as a performer. We are very glad to have him! Read more about Dale HERE.

MUSICAL CHAIR SPONSORSHIP: If you’d like to sponsor your musician (or know someone who would!) please click HERE! The sponsor’s name will appear under the student’s name in the program, just like the professionals. It’s a great way for family members and friends to show their support!