Eugene-Springfield Youth Symphony

Welcome to the 87th Season of the second oldest youth orchestra west of the Mississippi
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. For information, please call 541-484-0473, or email the registrar at

CONGRATULATIONS on your December 2020 Concert!

2020 Winter Concert on YouTube!

You can support all of our young musicians by sending your Year-End Gift here: 

ESYO’s online program was 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 work with smaller groups, sharing their musical knowledge with students. The fine youth musicians quickly adapted to the online platform, readily performing for each other, and inspiring us all with their playing.  

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. Students work with the conductor and/or professional coaches on music for the whole orchestra, as well as individual sectional pieces. They receive more individualized and instrument-specific instruction, and learn how each part works together. There is also space for visiting artists, master classes, workshops audition training, and music history. We provide recording tips and techniques, and work toward virtual concerts that will showcase their accomplishments. Our goal is to maintain the community of the orchestra during this unusual time, and give the youth musicians a rewarding season of music-making.

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 from 6:45-9pm over Zoom. The program fee is $445 for the year, with several payment options and scholarships available. Be sure to check the google calendar below for rehearsal and concert updates.

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

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 arrive 10-15 minutes early so they are ready to begin at 6:45 sharp. One week notice is required for absences.