Little Symphony

Welcome to our 88th Season!

Little Symphony gives strings players with 2-3 years experience their first opportunity to play as an orchestra. This is an auditioned ensemble, and students ages range relatively widely, generally from 4th-8th grade. The music is varied, so that all have enough challenge, and the most success!

**Registration is now open for the 2021-22 Season** If you auditioned and were placed in Little Symphony, an email will be sent with the registration link and password. If you did not receive the email, please send a message to office@esyorchestras.org. Read below to find out more about the upcoming season.

In 2021-22, we will do everything we can to meet in person for rehearsals and live performances. We want to bring our youth musicians together again! However, the health and safety of our students, staff, volunteers, and their families comes first. Therefore, plans are subject to change based on the recommended state and local guidelines as they are updated.

No matter what season brings, ESYO will continue to provide unique and valuable musical experiences for our youth musicians. This includes dedicated teachers and conductors, professional sectional coaches, workshops, outreach opportunities and educational extras. 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!

If you are new to the area, or were out of town for spring auditions, please click here to find out about fall auditions. For more information, please call 541-484-0473, or email office@esyorchestras.org.

2020-21 Little Symphony: Congratulations on your Spring Finale Concert!

2021 Spring Concert on YouTube!

2020 Winter Concerts on YouTube!

Your conductor, Dale Bradley, will be glad to welcome you as part of this fine orchestra. 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. It all adds up to an exciting, educational, and rewarding season of music-making!

Dale Bradley began conducting Little Symphony in 2019-20. Dale has been a huge part of our artistic staff for many years. He also teaches first-year String Academy in many different schools, and conducts String Academy 2 North. Dale is fine cellist, and a member of the Eugene Symphony and Oregon Mozart Players, and frequently plays for the community. He also teaches privately. He is known for his wonderful rapport with young people, and his musicianship as a composer and arranger as well as a performer. We are very glad to have him! Read more about Dale 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 the professionals. It’s a great way for family members and friends to show their support!

Little Symphony (LS) is an auditioned string ensemble consisting of violin, viola, cello, or string bass players with at least three years of instruction. LS meets on Mondays from 4:30-6:00pm.  The LS season includes 28 rehearsals, sectional coaching, two education and outreach concerts, and two formal concerts in December and May. The program fee is $400 for the year, with several payment options and scholarships available.

Absences or Tardies: Please report all tardies and absences to the LS Registrar: Tricia Bevans, lsregistrar@esyorchestras.org or 541-515-0779. Students are expected to be at rehearsal 10-15 minutes early so they are ready to begin at 4:30 sharp!

Be sure to subscribe to the google calendar below and check regularly for rehearsal and concert updates.