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 help with program fees and/or private lessons to any family that needs them. 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.

Thank you to over 100 youth musicians who auditioned for our 2021-22 Season! We hope and plan to be back in person. There’s still a chance to join!

Fall auditions will be held over Zoom for those who were new to the area, out of town or had pre-arranged events or activities in the Spring. If you’d like to try out, take a look at the requirements and process HERE.

Congratulations to our Youth Orchestras on their 2021 Spring Finale Concerts!

From our newest young players to our amazing Youth Symphony musicians, all of the orchestras made musical lemonade out of this unusual online year. Practicing and recording at home, rehearsing over zoom, and sharing their music with each other, these dedicated and remarkable students remind us of the power and joy of music!

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The Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestra, our top musicians, were able to perform together outside for the first time this year! They recorded Sea Songs by Vaughan-Williams and the exciting Polovtsian Dances by Borodin!
Junior Orchestra did an outstanding job with Saint-Saëns’ Royal March of the Lions and Beethoven’s Fidelio!
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Little Symphony sounded great with pieces by Scott Joplin and Dale Bradley, and many lovely solos!
String Academy 2 musicians presented their first video concert with wonderful playing!