ESYO also seeks to expand its impact beyond its membership, believing music can be a catalyst for social change in the communities in which ESYO musicians live, learn and play. This belief is why ESYO has helped raise more than $8 million for Albany Medical Center’s pediatric oncology program through the Melodies of Christmas concerts. To further expand its impact, ESYO launched ESYO CHIME in 2015. CHIME provides free, daily music instruction to some of the region’s most disadvantaged elementary school children—children who might not otherwise have the ability or income to seriously pursue music. Through CHIME, ESYO hopes to ensure the musicians of tomorrow are as diverse as the communities they seek to inspire.
Founded by parents and music teachers Barry Richman, Eleanor Barnes and Lois Lyman in 1979, the ESYO Experience now includes everything from Carnegie Hall concerts to benefit performances, master classes with exceptional musicians like the Shanghai Quartet to international tours from Europe to Asia. All of this would not be accomplished without the support and the generosity of many individuals, corporations, and foundations whose gifts are an investment in the future of music.