Eugene-Springfield Youth Symphony

Our 87th Season has begun! ESYO’s first online rehearsals were met with wonderful enthusiasm from conductors and students alike. Conductor Dr. Jacobs created an online musical experience appropriately suited for the outstanding members of the Youth Symphony. Professional coaches worked with smaller groups sharing their musical knowledge with students. The fine youth 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 the Youth Symphony – the second oldest youth symphony west of the Mississippi! 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!  Be sure to check the google calendar below for rehearsal and concert updates!

The Youth Symphony (YS) began as the Junior Symphony in 1934. YS presents some of the greater Eugene/Springfield area’s finest student musicians in exciting concerts featuring outstanding soloists and demanding orchestral music.

Your conductor, Dr. David Jacobs, is glad you are a part of ESYO’s top symphony orchestra. He has designed a program of online rehearsals, divided into three interactive sessions each Monday night, from 6:45-9pm. Students will be divided into sectionals and/or mixed-ensembles during the first two sessions, working with professional coaches and/or the conductor. These will take the form of studio classes or group lessons, playing one at a time for each other, listening or playing along using earbuds, and learning the other sections and parts of the piece they are working on. They will work on music for the whole orchestra, as well as individual sectional pieces. This will provide them with more individualized and instrument-specific instruction, as well as opportunities to learn how each part works together within the orchestra.

During the third breakout session, we will have space for visiting artists, master classes, workshops, auditioning, composer and music history and other music education extras. There will also continue to be outreach opportunities for sharing video performances throughout the community. We’ll teach students recording tips and techniques, and work toward a virtual December concert that will showcase their accomplishments and give them something they can be proud of. Our goal is to give them more individualized instruction for their instrument or section, while still maintaining the community of the orchestra. 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 to do so. We’re looking forward to our 87th season with you!

We proudly welcomed Dr. David Jacobs as conductor of the Youth Symphony  in the spring of 2016. He brings a tremendous background of professionalism and musicianship to the orchestra. Dr. Jacobs also serves as Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Oregon. We are thrilled that he is part of the ESYO family! For more about Dr. Jacobs, click here.

YS rehearsals are held Monday evenings in from 6:45-9pm. They 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 openThe YS season includes up to 30 rehearsals, sectional coaching, visiting artists and conductors, special workshops, side-by-side performances with professional orchestras, several education and outreach opportunities, and two formal concerts in December and in May. The program fee for YS is $445 for the year, with several payment options and scholarships available.

Reporting Absences to Your Registrar: All absences and tardies must be reported by a parent or guardian by emailing Please do not call the office or the message may not get through to the registrar. Students are expected to be there 10-15 minutes early so they are ready to begin at 6:45 sharp. One week notice is required for absences.

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!

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. David Jacobs and the members of the Youth Symphony for their fantastic December 2019 Concert!