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How do I Join?

Main auditions are generally held in June each year. Auditions for select instruments to fill vacancies are also held in August/September. Learn more about auditions and register to audition by clicking here

ESYO is the region’s premiere music performance  organization for youth.
We are:

10 Performing Ensembles

Jazz to percussion, string and wind to symphonic orchestras

30+ Public Concerts

Perform at Proctors, SPAC, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, and Carnegie Hall

Melodies of Christmas televised holiday spectacular

500 Members

Ages 5-18

From 50+ towns in the Capital Region and Massachusetts


With a variety of ensembles catering to different levels of playing ability, ESYO provides the opportunity to excel in music, perform at top venues, and grow as a musician. We strive to inspire each musician to reach and express their true potential through high-level performances and learning from some of the top professional musicians in our region.

Top 5 Reasons to Join ESYO

1. Play music with musicians who are as passionate and dedicated to music as you

2. Perform in some of the great music halls in the region…maybe even Carnegie Hall!

3. Grow—not just as a musician—but as a human being—learning commitment, responsibility, and teamwork

4. Learn from top conductors and coaches

5. Deepen your musical skills