ESYO Percussion

Whether you are just starting out or are an experienced musician, there is a place for you in ESYO's percussion music program. Explore the rich history of classical music and the vibrancy of contemporary percussion music. Meet, play, and collaborate with percussionists who are as passionate and dedicated as you. Learn from outstanding conductors, coaches, and international artists, while deepening your musical skills with challenging new repertoire. All this, while having some serious fun!

ESYO percussionists perform timeless masterpieces by beloved composers arranged for mallet instruments and explore a wide variety of contemporary masterworks composed for percussion ensembles. Members of Repertory and Youth Percussion Ensembles also perform with ESYO Classical ensembles.

To enroll in an ESYO Percussion, you need to complete an audition. 

With 3 percussion ensembles suiting a range of playing levels, ESYO challenges you to excel, grow, and perform. An ESYO audition is not a competition, it's a process that helps ESYO conductors place you in an ensemble based on your musical experience.  There is a place for you!

Preparatory Ensembles

  • Chamber Percussion Ensemble

Repertory Ensembles

  • Repertory Percussion Ensemble

Advanced Ensembles

Symphony Orchestra woodwinds and brass sections performing together at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
  • Youth Percussion Ensemble

Young musicians audition by instrument and not by an ensemble. Percussion auditions take place in mid-June.  Auditions are held in-person and all instruments are provided by ESYO.

Click the photo for a complete list of instruments you are expected to play.

Should be able to play the following:

  • Snare drum
  • Cymbals
  • Xylophone
  • Tambourine
  • Bells
  • Triangle
  • Bass Drum
  • Timpani (after consultation with conductor)

There is a place for you!

Audition Today

ESYO Percussion auditions are held in mid-June.  Percussionists do not audition online, but rather in person. 

Questions?  Contact Sue Lascoe, Director of Operations at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..