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Young Leader Training & Volunteer Tracks

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. All Young Leaders are expected to select one of the following tracks for the season.

It is possible to participate in volunteer opportunities in either track, but Young Leaders are expected to receive training and dedicate the majority of their YL time to one or the other.

ESYO Young Leader Ambassador


  • Receive training to give public presentations about ESYO (can include outreach performances)
  • Receive training to give music education & recruitment presentations in schools

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Public presentations on behalf of ESYO
  • Public performances on behalf of ESYO
  • Participate in ESYO social media, marketing and/or recruitment campaigns

ESYO Young Leader Teaching Assistant


  • Receive training on peer mentorship
  • Receive training on teaching

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Teaching Assistant in the CHIME program
  • Teaching Assistant in one of ESYO’s performing ensembles and/or chamber music
  • Teaching Assistant in the ESYO/CHIME summer program
  • Participate in professional development workshops with ESYO teachers/conductors

In addition to the required activities listed above, Young Leaders are encouraged to explore the following optional activities as time, schedule and inclination allow:

OPTIONAL: Capstone Projects

Young Leaders are invited to submit a Capstone Project proposal by October 20, 2024 for review and approval. Approved projects will be supported by ESYO staff and members of the ESYO community as needed. YLs are invited to submit a budget request along with their project proposal for review and approval. While open to all, this experience is recommended for returning Young Leaders in their junior or senior year, and will require a significant time commitment.

OPTIONAL: Governance & Strategic Initiatives

Young Leaders are encouraged to serve on strategic committees and serve as ESYO Youth Board Representatives. While not required, these opportunities are strongly recommended as they build leadership skills and positively impact the organization.