Helen Cha-Pyo Baton Award

The Helen Cha-Pyo Baton Award & Scholarship Fund

As many of you know, this June we are saying goodbye to our beloved Music Director and Youth Orchestra Conductor, Helen Cha-Pyo.

For 16 seasons, under Helen’s extraordinary leadership and vision, ESYO’s membership has grown to over 500 youth ages 6-18, and has become one of the preeminent Youth Orchestras in the nation. Helen has had a tremendous impact on our organization and community. We want to acknowledge her work and vision in a lasting way, and so we are seeking $160,000 (in honor of Helen’s 16 seasons) to establish the Helen Cha-Pyo Baton Award and Scholarship Fund.

The Helen Cha-Pyo Baton Award and Scholarship Fund will affect dozens of youth each season and the impact over time will be tremendous. Each of these young musicians will be afforded the opportunity to pursue musical excellence at the highest level, transforming their lives and those around them forever.  We invite you to help us honor Helen in this lasting manner, and join us in safeguarding the future of music for generations to come.

We also plan to present Helen with a memory book at her final event on June 16,  our 2nd Annual ESYO Encore Stage at Proctors, honoring the graduating Class of 2018. We invite you to submit photos, memories or tributes through the form below.