Community Outreach

Junior Orchestra Outreach Concert, March 2020

This was the last live performance of that year, prior to the pandemic. Junior Orchestra conductor Chris Noel led the orchestra in a wonderful concert at Springfield High. This annual event introduces the instruments and the sound of the orchestra to hundreds of school children throughout Springfield. We plan to renew this tradition in 2023. In the meantime, JO students made individual and group videos to share online on our YouTube channel.

2018-19 Outreach Concerts

Youth Symphony presents the 60th Symphonic Safari!

Over 1100 school children got a unique introduction to the world of the orchestra! Not only did they hear the individual instrument families, and learn about different composers and styles. The children were invited up on stage to walk through the orchestra while listening to Pirates of the Caribbean! This wonderful tradition started in 1959 by the late conductor Byron Miller. Sixty years later, tens of thousands of children have “safaried” through the youth symphony!

KUDOS to JUNIOR ORCHESTRA! Conductor Christopher Noel led JO’s amazing youth musicians in two fabulous concerts, to the delight of hundreds of schoolchildren. Over 800 Springfield elementary students clapped and bounced along with the music from Tchaikovsky to Pirates of the Caribbean! The children learned about individual sections of an orchestra, and the sounds each instrument makes. What a fun and engaging way to get kids excited about music!

SPECIAL THANKS: We couldn’t have presented this special event without the help and support of the Springfield Arts Commission, which provided funding for free bussing of the children. Also, we thank the wonderful Springfield High School music staff for the use of their space and equipment, as well as the coordination from the Springfield School District. We are also very grateful to Springfield School Board Member and ESYO Parent Naomi Raven for introducing the concerts and showing her support!

Springfield School Board Member Naomi Raven encourages the young audience to make music!