The ESYO Center for

Musical Youth

The regions first center for musical youth and the permanent home of ESYO. Located at 45 MacArthur Drive in Scotia-Glenville.

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    Our vision

    To create a space dedicated to the region's musical youth and to be a place where music, technology, and community come together under one roof. This will be the first time in ESYO's history that all ensembles will be housed in one building, providing more opportunities for young musicians to meet, collaborate and sound together.


    A Community Hub

    Dedicated rehearsal and studio space is hard to find in the Capital Region. The ESYO Center for Musical Youth can be a collaborative hub for private music teachers, start-up studios, other regional youthserving music organizations, and community music programs like the Schenectady Symphony.

    Expanding ESYO CHIME

    We plan to launch a second BOCES after-school program at our new home, serving Scotia/Glenville and a host of surrounding districts including Mohonasen, Schalmont, Duanesburg, and Amsterdam.

    Expanded Daytime Programming

    Early childhood music classes and a home school performing ensemble.

    An Incubator for New Ideas in Music Education

    ESYO is a nationally recognized leader in ensemble music education. The new building will allow ESYO to host professional development training and seminars for area music teachers.

    Economic Impact

    • Revitalization of a vacant and underutilized property.
    • Attracting 100s of weekly visitors to commercial corridors along Route 50, Route 147, and the Scotia Business Improvement District.
    • Increased supply of rental space for conventions and seminars.
    • A new creative space to complement the mission and goals of Film Schenectady & SUNY Schenectady School of Music.
    • Rentable studio space for upstart music studios and private music teachers.
    • New Staff: 15 Part-time Teaching Artists and 1 Full-time Program Director

    Funding Strategy

    ESYO is grateful to Schenectady County for contributing $1.5M in seed Capital. ESYO is now seeking funding from public & private foundations and entities as well as individual and corporate support from the community. Opportunities include potential grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and other prospective donors.


    Phase One Preparations

    • Assemble an outstanding team: Envision Architects, Acoustic Distinctions, Sano-Rubin/LeChase, CRESA, GSI
    • Plan, design, budget
    • Secure seed funding
    • Address abatement & hazmat removal

    Phase One

    (2022 - 2023)
    • Transform the gymnasium into a 4,800 sq. ft. state-of-the-art rehearsal space
    • Build administrative office suites and common work areas
    • Install an acoustically sensitive HVAC system throughout the 11,000 sq. ft. of renovated space

    Phase Two

    (2023 - 2025)
    • Extend the new HVAC system throughout the remainder of the building
    • Construct a new 3500 sq. ft. addition for a second large rehearsal space
    • Add acoustic treatments to transform classrooms into music studios and recording spaces
    • Complete the visitor lounge, student meeting spaces, and flex space