Enjoy the music you love performed by the vibrant members of ESYO and pay what you can with Access ESYO! Tickets start at $1

Whether it's online in our new virtual concert hall or in-person, ESYO welcomes you to enjoy each and every concert.  Purchase your general admission ticket for $10 or take advantage of Access ESYO, an online "pay what you can" ticketing system. Whichever you decide, please support in-person music-making by paying what you would typically spend on a LIVE concert.

Your ticket purchase creates opportunity for young musicians in New York's Capital Region.

2022 Season

Summer Sessions | Chamber Music Summer Program

Monday, Aug 01 | 12:00 am
Explore the world of chamber music with your friends this summer during ESYO’s summer chamber music program. Sign up with your friends and create your chamber ensemble or sign up on your own, and ESYO will match you with a group of musicians who are as passionate about music as you.

Summer Sessions | The Sounds of Nature Hike with ESYO Conductor David Beck

Tuesday, Aug 02 | 10:00 am
ESYO conductor, David Beck invites you to join ESYO for a hike through the rolling sand dunes of Albany’s rare inland pine barren. Stroll along this federally protected preserve, and see if you can find the endangered Blue Karner Butterfly, the flagship Pitch Pine, Wild Blue Lupine, and the Eastern Hognose Snake, a snake known for its acting abilities.

Summer Sessions | Open Rehearsal with Mark Morris Dance Group

Thursday, Aug 04 | 7:15 pm
Hailed as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive,” Mark Morris choreographed a pair of dances set to Schumann’s Quintet for Piano and Strings in E Flat Major and Handel’s majestic Water Music. Watch the group prepare for their upcoming performance.

Summer Sessions | Open Rehearsal with Composer Thomas Adès and the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, Aug 06 | 10:30 am
Composer Thomas Adès conducts an open rehearsal with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as they prepare to perform Holst’s “The Planets” and Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola with Leonidas Kavakos and Antoine Tamestit.

Summer Sessions | Brass Workshop & Reading Session

Tuesday, Aug 09 | 4:00 pm
Polish your performance skills this summer and learn tips and tricks about playing your instrument from experienced brass players. Challenge yourself and improve your ensemble playing while reading through some great brass ensemble repertoire. Bring your instrument and your “brass friends” who play at a NYSSMA level V or VI.

Summer Sessions | Sight Reading Jam- Winds, Brass, & Percussion

Tuesday, Aug 09 | 5:00 pm
Dust off the important skill of sight reading before rehearsals begin this fall. Learn tips and tricks that will help you perform a new piece of music at first glance. This sight-reading jam is open to all ESYO woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians.

Summer Sessions | Sight Reading Jam-Repertory Orchestra & Symphony Orchestra Strings

Tuesday, Aug 09 | 6:30 pm
Dust off the important skill of sight reading before rehearsals begin this fall. Learn tips and tricks that will help you perform a new piece of music at first glance.

Summer Sessions | Sight Reading Jam- Concertino Strings, String Orchestra, and CHIME Orchestra Strings

Wednesday, Aug 10 | 5:30 pm
Dust off the important skill of sight reading before rehearsals begin this fall. Learn tips and tricks that will help you perform a new piece of music at first glance. This sight-reading jam is open to all ESYO string musicians from Concertino Strings, String Orchestra, and CHIME Orchestra.

Summer Sessions | Sounds of Nature Hike with ESYO Conductor Joseph Gumpper

Thursday, Aug 11 | 10:00 am
ESYO conductor Joseph Gumpper invites you to join ESYO for a hike along the Helderberg Escarpment, and be inspired by the sounds of nature.

Summer Sessions |ESYO Night at SPAC! Philadelphia Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Eroica

Thursday, Aug 11 | 7:00 pm
GRAMMY award-winning conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra in Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, a vast ode to heroism, revolution, and freedom. Enjoy a summer night at SPAC with your friends and family.

2021 Season

A look back at our 2021 concerts...

Below are past events that are available to watch on the Virtual Concert Hall!

ESYO Symphony Orchestra

Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 | 7:30PM

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Andrés Rivas, Guest Conductor

ESYO Symphony Orchestra and The Orchestra Now's Andrés Rivas illuminate the autumn night sky and welcome audiences back with Antonin Dvorak's brilliant Symphony No. 8 and Jennifer Higdon's Light, a vivid orchestral overture. ESYO's youthful musicians hit the ballroom with Arturo Márquez's mariachi-inspired Danzón.

ESYO Repertory Orchestra + Youth Jazz Orchestra

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 | 7:00PM

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

David Beck, ESYO Repertory Orchestra Conductor
Dr. Peter Bellino, ESYO Youth Jazz Orchestra Conductor
Michael Rodriquez, Guest Trumpet Soloist

Watch Repertory Orchestra on Virtual Concert Hall

ESYO String Orchestra & Concertino Strings

Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021 | 4:00PM

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall


Joseph Gumpper, String Orchestra Conductor
Leo Milman, Concertino Strings Conductor

Watch String Orchestra on virtual concert hall

ESYO Wind Orchestra

SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2021 | 2:00PM

Massry Center for the Arts at The College of St. Rose

Dr. Robert Hansbrough, conductor

Featuring ESYO Wind Orchestra Woodwind Choir and Brass Choir

Sleigh Ride | An ESYO Holiday Spectacular featuring Madison VanDenburg

SUNDAY, DEC. 19, 2021 | 3:00PM

Proctors in Schenectady

Ring in the holiday season with family and friends at the Empire State Youth Orchestra. Catch the spirit of the season and take a joyful sleigh ride with sparkling holiday favorites, Christmas carols, and inspired Symphonic classics filled with good cheer. ESYO’s former Music Director Helen Cha-Pyo returns to conduct Mozart’s Sleigh Ride and the Skater’s Waltz by Émile Waldteufel. ESYO Youth Jazz Orchestra performs the famed holiday classic (There is no place like) Home for the holidays, by Capital Region native Robert Allen and American Idol finalist Madison VanDenburg returns home to perform her hit new single, The Light of Christmas, with ESYO.  It is fun for the whole family.

Available to watch! Click below for a free admission: