Welcome to Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras (ESYO)

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Little Symphony and Junior Orchestra
Eugene-Springfield Youth Symphony

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

OVER 400 students are part of this year’s special anniversary season! 

  • We’re introducing the world of strings to 225 children through String Academy –  beginning classes at 13 different elementary schools. 
  • Our two string orchestras give 83 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! 

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

  1. Tom Klonoski

    I would like to note the passing of a key person from the history of this organization. Dene Sihler was instrumental in the establishment of the Junior Orchestra in 1978. I played clarinet in that first orchestra, and Mrs. Sihler was an army of one in terms of organization and administration. She worked tirelessly to get the group established and on a good footing. I am pleased to see that the orchestra is still active today.

  2. Marcia Stockton

    A Gift of Music for Oregon

    This music is my gift to the people of #Oregon. I’m a classical composer embarked on a lofty challenge: to create original orchestral music for every one of #The50 states. I fondly remember a family vacation where we picnicked on the foggy beach among the driftwood and hunted for agates.


    Why do this? During this difficult period, music has the power to bring Americans together. People everywhere are rightly proud of their unique local history and culture. So let’s celebrate what makes each state special! Yet our shared experiences, hopes and dreams unite us all.

    Feel free to share this info!

    Marcia Stockton


  3. 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.

  4. 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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