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Sign Up For ESYO's Summer Sessions

Meet up with other ESYO musicians and make new friends before rehearsals begin with ESYO's summer sessions. At ESYO's Summer Sessions, you'll study your instrument with professional chamber musicians, learn new skills, enjoy the great outdoors, and dust off your sight-reading skills. 

Sign up for one or more sessions and get a jump start on the 2022-2023 season. Bring your friends! Many of the ESYO Summer Sessions are open to non-ESYO members.

Chamber Music Summer Program

Two-week Program | Monday, Wednesday, Friday, August 1-12, 2022

IMG 7479Explore 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.

Each chamber ensemble meets three times a week for 90 minutes to rehearse and prepare a chamber piece for the concert stage at Freedom Park in Scotia. 

ESYO's Chamber Music Summer Program is open to registered members of  ESYO CHIME Orchestra, String Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra, & non-ESYO musicians NYSSMA level III & above.

Nature Walks & Open Rehearsals

  • The Sounds of Nature Hike at the Pine Bush Preserve

    Tue. August 2, 2022 | 10am

    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.

  • Open Rehearsal with Mark Morris Dance Group

    Thur. August 4, 2022 | 7:15pm

    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.

    Get an inside look at the intersection between music and dance. Watch and learn how musicians and dancers collaborate and prepare for live performance.

  • Open Rehearsal with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

    Sat. August 6, 2022 | 10:30AM

    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. Plus, Thomas Adès own new work, Shanty - Over the Sea. After the rehearsal, get together with your friends and  Dr. David Bebe, for a discussion of the rehearsal.

  • The Sounds of Nature Hike at Thatcher State Park

    Thur. August 11, 2022 | 10am

    ESYO conductor Joseph Gumpper invites you to join ESYO for a hike along the Helderberg Escarpment, and be inspired by the sounds of nature. Keep your eyes open for ancient fossils as you trek alongside Thacher Park’s limestone rockface, take note of rhythmic songs of the Canada Warbler, then take in the panoramic views of the Mohawk-Hudson Valley, the Adirondacks and Vermont’s Green Mountains.

    Workshops & Sight Reading Jams

    • Brass Workshop & Reading Session

      Tue. August 9, 2022 | 4:00PM

      Calling all Brass Players! 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.

    • Sight Reading Jam- Winds, Brass, & Percussion

      Tue. August 9, 2022 | 5:00PM

      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 and hosted by ESYO Wind Orchestra conductor, Dr. Bob Hansbrough.

    • Sight Reading Jam-Repertory Orchestra & Symphony Orchestra Strings

      Tue. August 9, 2022 | 6:30PM

      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 in Repertory Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra.  Sign up, bring your instrument, and your friends. 

    • Sight Reading Jam- Concertino Strings, String Orchestra, and CHIME Orchestra Strings

      Wed. August 10, 2022 | 5:30PM

      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. Sign up, bring your instrument, and your friends. 

      ESYO Night at SPAC!

      Philadelphia Orchestra Performs Beethovens Eroica

      Thur. August 11, 2022 | 7:00PM

      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 and hear the premiere of “Climb” by composer Jessica Hunt.