Junior Orchestra

Welcome to our 88th Season! Christopher Noel is the conductor of Junior Orchestra – our second full symphony orchestra. This is the perfect training ground for development of advanced skills and ensemble experience. Students often remain in JO for more than one year as they enjoy challenging music, and prepare to move on to Youth Symphony. Chris, a violinist and ESYO alumni, combines humor and cheer with varied and interesting music, while enabling students to be their best. 

** It’s Concert Time! **

Join us as our youth orchestras present their winter concerts – LIVE!

  • Youth Symphony: Monday, Dec. 6th @ 7:30pm – Venue 252 (252 Lawrence St.)
  • Junior Orchestra: Tuesday, Dec. 7th @ 7:30pm – First Baptist Church (3550 Fox Meadow)
  • Little Symphony: Monday, Dec. 13th @ 7:00 pm – Central Lutheran Church (1857 Potter St.)


We count on ticket sales to help cover the cost of concert productions. There are many tiers available, including income-based. Thank you for your support!

2021-22 SEASON –  Rehearsing Together In Person Again!
We are looking forward to another wonderful year of music-making for our 88th Season with in-person rehearsals again! School buildings are currently unavailable to us so all orchestras will meet in a new locations for the fall. 

JO rehearsals meet Monday evenings starting Sept. 27th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Valley Covenant Church, 3636 W. 18th (across from Churchill HS). Students enter through the double doors on the east side of the building. Check your email for details and PLEASE SEE CALENDAR BELOW!

We are monitoring the Covid-19 situation in Lane County closely and may need to go online if recommended. Safety remains our top priority, and we will continue to follow the state and local guidelines as they are updated. ESYO 2021-22 Policies and Procedures document can be found HERE.

MUSICAL CHAIR SPONSORSHIP: If you’d like to sponsor your musician please click HERE! The sponsor’s name will appear under the student’s name in the program, just like professional orchestras. It’s a great way for family members and friends to show their support!

Junior Orchestra (JO) rehearsals are held Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The season includes 28 rehearsals, sectional coaching, education and outreach concerts, and two formal concerts in December and May. The program fee for JO is $430 for the year, with several payment options and scholarships available.

Reporting Absences: Your registrar is Janna Hudson – all absences and tardies must be reported by a parent or guardian  by calling or texting Janna at 541-501-7279. One week notice is required for absences. Be sure to check the google calendar below for rehearsal and concert updates!

There are still spaces if you have orchestra experience. For more information, please call 541-484-0473, or email office@esyorchestras.org.

Christopher Noel will be glad to welcome you as part of this fine orchestra. He is an enthusiastic and passionate conductor and musician, dedicated to teaching and sharing his expertise and experience with his students. As an alumni of ESYO who became a professional musician and conductor, he brings a special understanding of the value of youth music education.He has designed a program of rehearsals and performances that will challenge students and showcase their accomplishments. Students work with the conductor and/or professional coaches on music for the whole orchestra, as well as individual sectional pieces. They receive individualized and instrument-specific instruction, and learn how each part works together. There is also space for visiting artists, master classes, workshops audition training, and music history. Our goal is to create an orchestra community and give the youth musicians a rewarding season of music-making.

2020-21 Junior Orchestra: CONGRATULATIONS on your Season Concerts!

Spring Finale Concert on YouTube!

2020 Winter Concert on YouTube!