CHIME (Creating Harmony Inspiring Musical Excellence) is the ESYO's signature instrumental music education partnership with the Schenectady City School District. ESYO CHIME places children on a path to musical excellence and cultivates skills needed to succeed in all areas of life, including collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.
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.
The Lois Lyman Concerto Competition is named after music teacher and one of ESYO's founding members, Lois Lyman. The winner is selected through a rigorous application and performance process from amongst Symphony Orchestra's membership each year. Applicants perform a concerto from memory before a judging panel. The chosen musician is given the opportunity to perform a solo in concert each season.