The Young Leader program provides ESYO members the opportunity to engage in leadership training and gain hands-on experience in the music world. Young Leaders have the chance to assist in ESYO programs, collaborate with their peers on community projects, engage with mentors and participate in leadership workshops.
As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, both virtual and in person Young Leader program offerings and opportunities are available, based upon current health and safety guidelines by the CDC and other public health resources.
To be eligible for the Young Leaders program, a student must be in high school, and be a member in good standing of an ESYO performing ensemble or of the CHIME program. A Young Leader must commit to the program for the entire season, and is expected to participate an average of 8-10 hours per month in cohort meetings, workshops, volunteer activities, special events, projects, administrative tasks and mentor meetings.
The ESYO Soundwalk is an immersive, musical audio tour in Washington Park that accompanies individuals as they walk along a specific nature path, and that changes with their location.
Members of ESYO's Young Leader Program coordinated "virtual residencies" at local nursing homes, hospitals and senior living communities.
A compilation of holiday music performed by various solos, duets, and groups.
Watch the Young Leaders perform on our Virtual Concert Hall!
Participating in the Young Leaders program affords provides access to many unique and exciting opportunities:
Young Leaders are encouraged to explore potential career tracks and gain hands-on experience during their tenure in the program. These include:
Young Leaders are matched with an adult mentor, uniquely suited to their particular academic, musical and professional areas of interest. Mentors hail from all parts of the globe and are carefully selected to provide Young Leaders with powerful insight and meaningful advice in the Arts field. Many mentors are ESYO alums. Young Leaders meet regularly with their mentors throughout the season, and work one-on-one to design a program experience that serves their specific interests and goals.