Helen Cha-Pyo served as ESYO’s Music Director and Symphony Orchestra Conductor between 2002 and 2018. Under her extraordinary leadership, ESYO grew to become one of the preeminent Youth Orchestras in the nation. Helen’s vision guided the launch ESYO’s CHIME in 2015 to provide a free, comprehensive music program for economically disadvantaged children and her active community engagement sparked numerous collaborative projects both regionally and internationally.
This $1500 award is given each spring to a senior who embodies Helen’s passionate commitment to music as a means to uplift and enrich the community. The recipient will be announced at Encore Stage in the spring.