What is CHIME?


Empire State Youth Orchestras believes in the power of music to transform young lives. Since 1996, it has provided free, private music lessons during the school-day to talented middle-school students in inner city communities. In 2015, recognizing the importance of music training for even younger students, ESYO expanded its program to include an after-school, intensive, ensemble-based program for elementary school children.

ESYO CHIME provides free, daily ensemble-based music instruction to children residing in underserved communities in New York’s Capital Region. It presents opportunities to excel in the field of music and make available clear progression routes to ensure every stage of the individual child is looked after.

The program starts with intensive music training at the elementary level and feeds into continued support at the middle school, leading into a seat on one of ESYO’s outstanding, performance ensembles.

In addition to musical benefits, research consistently shows that engaging students in intense music training develops executive function skills, reduces violence, and increases both cognitive flexibility and working memory. Children involve in the arts are also four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and five times less likely to drop out of school. As the children begin to realize their talent their confidence, self-esteem, self-worth, concentration and renewed sense of pride for their community is fostered in significant ways.