News & Happenings at ESYO

The Art of Listening

24 November 2021
Tips to Help You Master the Art of Listening If we've learned anything about music over the last two years, it is the power of live music. Whether listening to a masterful piece by one of th...

ESYO Rewind! 2021-2022 Opening Weekend

16 November 2021
A Look Back at ESYO's 2021-2022 Opening Weekend After nearly two years since their last performance for a live audience, ESYO Symphony Orchestra returned to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hal...

ESYO Musician Flies to L.A. for YOLA National Symposium

16 November 2021
Jay-Era Each year, young musicians from across the country convene in Los Angeles for the YOLA National Festival and again for the YOLA National Institute. Hosted by Maestro Gustavo Dudame...

2020-2021 ESYO Year-In-Review

27 October 2021
Zooming, hybrid, click-tracks, PPE, social distancing, MERV 13 filtration, “quilted” performances - all words that have come to define our 2020-2021 season.  

Sing Joyfully with ESYO Chorale, Audition Today!

07 October 2021
AUDITION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 10, 2021 What is ESYO Chorale? ESYO's Concert Chorale is an after-school choral ensemble for high school musicians that performs and explores a wide range of...

A Sneak Peak at the 2021-2022 Fall Concert Series

07 October 2021
ESYO's Fall line-up of concerts illuminates the once darkened stage as Audiences Return ESYO's Fall line-up of concerts illuminates the once darkened stage and brings a triumphant tone to th...

The Legend of the Ghost Light

07 October 2021
The "Ghost Light" Shines in Theatres and Concert Hall's Across the Country In almost every concert hall and theatre across the globe stands a single light, an illuminating beacon piercing th...

ESYO Musicians Need Your Support

07 October 2021
ESYO returned with great excitement to regular rehearsals and live performances. But we are seeing a tremendous need for more focus on the individual, with more attention to sectionals and coac...

You Can Find an ESYO Musician Onstage at School

06 October 2021
ONSTAGE WITH ESYO & ON STAGE AT SCHOOL You can find ESYO musicians in school auditoriums across the region A life-long love of music and the joyful pursuit of music begins at scho...

The Power of an ESYO Sponsor and Program Book Underwriter

06 October 2021
THE POWER OF AN ESYO CONCERT SPONSOR & PROGRAM BOOK UNDERWRITER - THEY MAKE MUSIC HAPPEN! The Empire State Youth Orchestra provides young musicians in the region with an essential ...

Back to School Means Back to Rehearsals for ESYO's Musical Youth

06 October 2021
September Means Back to School and Back to Rehearsals for ESYO's Musical Youth After more than a year and a half of playing 6ft apart at Proctors and in separate smaller ensembles, thi...

ESYO Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Guest Conductor Andrés Rivas

18 August 2021
ESYO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WELCOMES GUEST CONDUCTOR ANDRÉS RIVAS The Empire State Youth Orchestra is excited to welcome conductor Andrés Rivas to the podium as guest conductor for ESYO Sy...

Two Prominent Local Jazz Artists Take the Podium with ESYO Jazz

17 August 2021
TWO PROMINENT LOCAL JAZZ ARTISTS TAKE TO PODIUM WITH ESYO JAZZ For over two decades, ESYO set young musicians on a course to discover Jazz, a truly unique and all-American artform. From Jazz s...

ESYO to Make Investments in Young Musicians with Federal Assistance and Donor Support

16 August 2021
ESYO Receives Federal Assistance Through the Small Business Administration's Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Empire State Youth Orchestra is grateful to receive federal assistance thro...

ESYO Welcomes New Faces This Fall

16 August 2021
ESYO WELCOMES NEW FACES THIS FALL Dr. David Bebe Director of Education The Empire State Youth Orchestra is excited to welcome Dr. David Bebe to the musical community as Director of Educati...

Downbeat | Summer 2021

16 August 2021
DOWNBEAT | SUMMER 2021 Official e-Newsletter of the Empire State Youth Orchestra ESYO WELCOMES NEW FACES THIS FALL! ESYO WELCOMES DR. DAVID BEBE, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, AND ZOË AUE...

New August Summer Programs

04 August 2021
Join ESYO’s new Summer Programs for a variety of both educational and social events! Open to all students registered for the 2021-2022 season, members are able to register “a la carte” for an...

Tips & Tricks for a Successful Audition

27 May 2021
Tips & Tricks for a Successful Audition Audition Video Deadline is Wednesday, June 9, 2021 Auditions are a regular part of being a serious musician. Whether you are a youth musici...

ESYO Virtual Parent Forum

10 May 2021
ESYO Virtual Parent Forum Monday, May 17, 2021 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm Whether your child is just starting out or an experienced player, whether they are a percussionist, jazz, folk or clas...

ESYO Celebrates International Jazz Day

30 April 2021
ESYO Celebrates International Jazz Day April 30th is International Jazz Day, a day to celebrate a uniquely American art form Today is International Jazz Day! A day to celebrate a uniq...

In the Classroom, on Stage, or at a Pep Rally, ESYO Musicians are Leaders in Their School

30 March 2021
Whether in the classroom, on stage, or at a pep rally, ESYO musicians are leaders in their school. When not on stage with ESYO Symphony Orchestra, flutist Chris Connors can be found cour...

The Value of School Music Programs!

17 March 2021
School Music Programs Feed the Soul & Nourish the Mind Music brightens the day, uplifts our spirit, nourishes our creative minds, and develops the brain Have you ever stopped and ...

ESYO Musicians to Perform at Schenectady's Young Musicians Forum

17 March 2021
ESYO Musicians to Perform at Schenectady's Young Musicians Forum Catch their performance at the annual Beat the Snow Winter Concert Series online this Sunday, March 21,...

It Begins at School! Music Teachers Help Musicians Form Deep Ties to their Instrument

10 March 2021
It Begins at School! Music Teachers Help Musicians Form Deep Ties with their Musical Instrument Do you remember the first time you picked up your instrument? The excitement, the energy, ...

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21 February 2021
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ESYO Alumni Spotlight | ESYO Alumni Serve as CHIME Teaching Artists

17 February 2021
ESYO Alumni Spotlight | ESYO CHIME Reunites a Quartet of Friends Who First Met as Members of ESYO ESYO Alumni Monica Roach, Cathy Gatta, Teresa Gatta-Norton, and Matthew Johnson share th...

ESYO Recieves Vital Support from Local, Regional, and National Foundations

27 January 2021
ESYO Recieves Vital Support from Local, Regional, and National Foundations ESYO has received $156,000 in grant support from 13 local, regional, and national foundations The global COV...

ESYO Musicians & Alumni Celebrate MLK Day at State Capitol

25 January 2021
ESYO Musicians and Alumni Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the New York State Capitol ESYO violists Peyton Roach and Cristiane Richardson perform "Lift Every Voice & Sing" wit...

ESYO Alum, Master Sergeant Brian Sacawa Performs at Presidential Inauguration

20 January 2021
ESYO Alum, Master Sergeant Brian Sacawa Performs at 2021 Presidential Inauguration Today in our Nation's Capital, ESYO alumnus Master Sergeant Brian Sacawa and the United States Army F...

ESYO Inaugurates a New Year of Mentoring the Next Generation

19 January 2021
ESYO Inaugurates a New Year of Mentoring the Next Generation Twenty-five service-minded adults from all walks of life and professional disciplines step up to mentor members of the ESYO Y...

Mentors Matter!

08 January 2021
Mentors Matter! ESYO welcomes twenty-five mentors to the ESYO Young Leader Program January is National Mentoring Month, and ESYO is excited to welcome twenty-five mentors to the ESYO ...

ESYO CHIME Returns to the Stage

23 December 2020
EYSO CHIME Returns to the Stage to Create Harmony In March, ESYO CHIME traded their rehearsal room for a Google Classroom and the auditorium for a virtual stage. Earlier this month, ES...

Is Music Essential?

22 December 2020
Is Music Essential? Did 2020 change and challenge our perceptions of music? What a year!  2020 has changed and challenged each of us and ESYO in unimaginable ways.  Never be...

What is a Virtual Concert Hall?

13 November 2020
What is a Virtual Concert Hall? ESYO Launches a Digital Stage to Bring Joy During the COVID-19 Pandemic COVID-19 has shuttered concert halls across the region while ghost lights watched...

Happy 250th Birthday Beethoven!

12 November 2020
HAPPY 250th BIRTHDAY BEETHOVEN ESYO Symphony Orchestra Salutes Beethoven with Birthday Performance Few composers changed the course of western music history like Ludwig van Beethoven. T...

ESYO Announces Tutti! A Virtual Music Festival

10 November 2020
ESYO's Tutti! Festival | All Together, Again In March, COVID-19 shuttered concert halls and closed theatres across the country. ESYO moved online and hosted its first-ever digital music festiv...