Welcome to Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras (ESYO)

Celebrating 90 years of youth music!

ESYO’s mission is to provide opportunities for youth
to experience, appreciate, and perform orchestral music.

OVER 375 students are part of this year’s special anniversary season! 

  • We’re introducing the world of strings to up to 200 children through String Academy –  beginning classes at 13 different elementary schools. 
  • Our two string orchestras give 80 more young musicians a chance to play at the next level in an ensemble with their peers
  • Junior Orchestra offers 47 middle and high-school students a full symphony orchestra experience, with winds, brass and percussion and a variety of challenging music. Chris Noel, and ESYO alumni, conducts this training group.
  • EYSO’s premier ensemble, the Eugene-Springfield Youth Symphony, consists of 50 of the finest youth musicians in the area. Dr. David Jacobs leads this full symphony orchestra, performing unabridged works and complete symphonies

ESYO is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and to providing a welcoming, safe community for young musicians of all backgrounds, cultures, identities, and abilities. Students will join other youth musicians from throughout the area to learn, grow, lead and PLAY!

Calling All Alumni Our 90th season is celebrating over 300 students who are learning, growing and making music together! Did you once play in our youth orchestras? We’re inviting all alumni to join us at events and concerts as our special guests. Please fill out this form and we can get reacquainted! 

REGISTRATION for String Academy 1 is now OPEN!  Classes begin in October! Click here to see if your school offers beginning strings

AUDITIONS for ESYO’s 90th Season are still being accepted for trumpet, trombone, oboe, bassoon, string bass, and percussion. Click here to find out more!

Congratulations to all of our students for their outstanding final 22-23 concerts!

Photo credit: @Joseph Wenda

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4 thoughts on “Welcome to Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras (ESYO)

  1. Maggie Croft

    Elin is my great-granddaughter. You are doing a fantastic work. The music is so beautiful. Since I am in Idaho, I only get to enjoy the concerts virtually. Thank you.

  2. Marilyn Stinnett

    Your impressive organization was presented today to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (osher.uoregon.edu), and you have my highest admiration for presenting these programs. I live in Sisters, but I look forward to listening to your concerts online. You are to be commended for this wonderful organization!


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