What is ESYO?

Eugene Springfield Youth Orchestra’s mission is to provide opportunities for youth to experience, appreciate, and perform orchestral music.

We do this by offering the highest-quality instruction progressing from beginning classes to advanced orchestras, offering need-based program and private lesson scholarships, and collaborating with area schools and arts organizations. Our sequential program includes five levels of orchestral training and ensembles designed for students from grades four through the age of twenty-one.

Since 1934, ESYO has offered high-quality music education from beginning strings to full symphony orchestras. We work in partnership with school districts to teach String Academy classes, which include instruments and scholarships for low-income families. Students can then move up to each level of orchestra, culminating in the premier ensemble, Eugene-Springfield Youth Symphony. Other ESYO opportunities include Ambassador Musicians and summer Jazz Band, and many opportunities to play alongside and work with professional musicians.