News & Events

ESYO Receives 165,000 Dollars in Grants and Support  

(Schenectady, NY) – The Empire State Youth Orchestra has recently received significant grant contributions thanks to a variety of organizations that support music education. The generous contributions, that total $165,000 dollars, were awarded to ESYO to support the growth of CHIME (Creating Harmony Inspiring Musical Excellence). CHIME provides young musicians an equal opportunity to develop skills and break down barriers. It has expanded considerably since its inception four years ago.  

ESYO Presents “Encore Stage,” A Cabaret Where High School Seniors Perform for the Community

(Schenectady, NY) – Members of the Empire State Youth Orchestra senior class will share their love of music with the community during “Encore Stage” an event designed to highlight ESYO musicians in a chamber music setting. The afternoon, which will include light refreshments, is an open house where music lovers can come for an hour or stay the entire time. It is free to the public with suggested donations that support ESYO’s scholarship program.

ESYO Symphony Orchestra To Perform April Concert At Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Celebrating A Sense of Community as a Way to Overcome Challenges

(Troy, NY) – The ESYO “Symphony Orchestra” will present a vibrant concert on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. This concert will include Lois Lyman Concerto Competition winner William Han who will perform Cello Concerto No. 1 by Dmitri Shostakovich.

The musical program includes: Three Dances by M. Camargo Guarnieri, Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 107 by Dmitri Shotokovich and the Symphony No. 4, Op. 36 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

ESYO Receives $20,000 Dollar Grant from the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Private Foundation to Support CHIME Program

(Schenectady, NY) – The Empire State Youth Orchestra has received a significant grant of $20,000 thanks to the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Private Foundation. The generous contribution was awarded to the organization to help support the growth of CHIME (Creating Harmony Inspiring Musical Excellence) by providing funds for additional teaching artists. It was recently announced by ESYO that the CHIME program has expanded to four program sites across two cities, serving more than 120 children, all within a three-year time frame. CHIME operates daily throughout the school year, providing children in underserved communities with two to three hours of free music instruction and rehearsal each afternoon. Additionally, the program operates for four weeks each summer.

Hundreds of ESYO Musicians to Share Their Love of Music With the Capital Region Community During the 2019 All-Day "Playathon" at Crossgates Mall

$60,000 Dollar Fundraising Goal is Set to Support the Organization

(Albany, NY) – Hundreds of student musicians in the Empire State Youth Orchestra ensembles will share their love of music with the community during an all-day “Playathon” on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10:30am to 6:30pm at Crossgates Mall. The event, which is a fundraiser for the organization, features 11 musical ensembles that include everything from classical to percussion to jazz. This year there is a fundraising goal set at $60,000 dollars. Even though the event is designed to raise money, it is free to anyone in the community who wants to enjoy music on that day.

New Year, New Name for ESYO's Flagship Orchestra

Introducing ESYO Symphony Orchestra! No worries, we're still the same Empire State Youth Orchestra! Many of you have known our flagship orchestra as "Youth Orchestra" but we've come a long way since 1979. Beginning with a single orchestra forty years ago, ESYO has grown to include twelve performing ensembles, wind and brass choirs, and CHIME, our free music-training program. Empire State Youth Orchestra was once an easily recognizable label for our most advanced symphonic orchestra, but now the name serves a dual purpose as the umbrella brand for our numerous ensembles. In order to more clearly identify our Youth Orchestra musicians, the Board of Directors has voted to officially change the name to "ESYO Symphony Orchestra." We look forward to ESYO Symphony Orchestra's concert at Playathon on February 2, and hope you will be there to applaud their performance!

ESYO CHIME Program Expands to Include Troy, NY

Mission Provides Young Musicians the Opportunity to Develop Skills While Breaking Down Barriers  

(Troy, NY) –The Empire State Youth Orchestra’s (ESYO) CHIME (Creating Harmony, Inspiring Musical Excellence) program, which currently provides young musicians in the Schenectady City School District an equal opportunity to develop their skills and break down barriers, has expanded into the Troy, NY region providing students at Carroll Hill Elementary School enrichment after school. CHIME was created and developed by leaders at ESYO three years ago.

ESYO Announces 40th Season Celebrating A Love of Music With Works That Include: Capriccio Espagnol (Rimsky-Korsakov), New World Symphony (Dvorak) and Symphony No. 4 (Tchaikovsky)

Music Director Carlos Ágreda is Passionate About His New Role Inspiring Young Musicians in our Region

(Schenectady, NY) – The Empire State Youth Orchestra has announced the 2018-2019 season which celebrates 40 years of the organization and the hiring of Carlos Ágreda, the new music director and conductor of the Youth Orchestra. The organization is comprised of 10 performing ensembles that collectively play over 30 concerts each year.

ESYO Board of Directors Announces New Music Director

Carlos Ágreda, a Conducting Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music, Appointed to Position

(Schenectady, NY) – The Empire State Youth Orchestra board of directors has announced the hiring of a new music director after an extensive global search. Members of the board appointed Carlos Ágreda to the position. He will come to the Capital Region in early June and take over for Music Director Helen Cha-Pyo as she closes out the season after 16 years with the organization.