Membership: 10, mainly highschool
Auditions: Early June
Rehearsals: Weekly on Monday evenings
NYSSMA Level: Generally 6
ESYO is one of the only youth music organizations in the country to host a progressive program consisting of three percussion ensembles. ESYO’s Youth Percussion Ensemble is ESYO’s most advanced percussion ensemble. The ensemble is comprised of percussionists whose technical skills and musicality are at the highest level. Members of the ensemble explore the diverse sonic platform of percussion ensembles; performing a wide variety of percussion instruments including marimba, vibraphone, timpani, and a host of drums from around the world.
Youth Percussion Ensemble explores repertoire that is unique to a percussion ensemble, including contemporary compositions by living composers, commissioned works, world concert music, and transcriptions of classical masterpieces. The ensemble routinely performs on regional and national stages and participates in festivals and clinics throughout the northeast. Past appearances include performances at the Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival and SUNY Albany’s Festival of Contemporary Music.
ESYO affords members of Youth Percussion Ensemble the unique opportunity to collaborate with other ESYO ensembles. The ensemble training received in ESYO’s progressive percussion program, prepares members to audition for percussion placements in ESYO’s Repertory Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra.