Eugene-Springfield Youth Symphony

Welcome to the 88th Season of the second oldest youth orchestra west of the Mississippi!
The Eugene-Springfield Youth Symphony (YS) was created back in 1934 by a forward-thinking group of people who understood the value of music education for youth. Since then, it has grown and developed into one of the premier youth orchestra programs in the area. Our top orchestra includes the finest student musicians of Lane County, performing exciting concerts that feature outstanding soloists and demanding orchestral music.

** Youth Symphony Winter Concert **
Thanks to the dedication and musicianship of the orchestra musicians and their conductor, the first live concert in two years was a tremendous success!

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. 

YS rehearsals are held Monday evenings from 6:45-9pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3550 W. 18th, EugeneBe sure to check the google calendar below for rehearsal and concert updates.

The Youth Symphony is led by Dr. David Jacobs, the Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Oregon. We proudly welcomed Dr. Jacobs in the spring of 2016. He brings a tremendous background of professionalism and musicianship to the orchestra. Dr. Jacobs is a superior conductor and passionate music educator who has brought the orchestra to a new level of artistry and sophistication. For more about Dr. Jacobs, click here.

Reporting Absences to Your Registrar: Tricia Bevans, longtime ESYO registrar and ESYO alumna, is the YS registrar.All absences and tardies must be reported by a parent or guardian by calling or texting Tricia 541-515-0779 or emailing Please do not call the office or the message may not get through to the registrar. Students are expected to arrive 10-15 minutes early so they are ready to begin at 6:45 sharp. One week notice is required for absences.

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 in professional orchestras. It’s a great way for family members and friends to show their support!

Scholarships for program fees or instrument rentals are available to any family that qualifies for the federal free & reduced meal program. Application included in registration. For more information, please call 541-484-0473 or write to

We continue to monitor 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 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!