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2024 ESYO Playathon at Crossgates Mall

Thank You Everyone Who Participated In This Year's Playathon!

Saturday, March 23

10:30am - 5:15 pm

Crossgates Mall

1 Crossgates Mall Rd, Albany, NY 12203

Join us for a breath of musical inspiration at ESYO's Playathon, the crescendo of our season theme, 'Breathe'! This extraordinary event serves as both a friend-raiser and our most crucial fundraiser of the year. Immerse yourself in the harmonious atmosphere from 10:30 am to 5:15 pm at Crossgates Mall, where the breadth and depth of our program will unfold.

What is Playathon?

This family-friendly day celebrates the power of music and breathes life into ESYO's mission. Witness the talent of hundreds of young musicians, as every ESYO ensemble, including CHIME, takes the stage—from the deep rumble of percussion ensembles to the uplifting trills of the wind orchestra.
As the melodies fill the air, so does the spirit of giving. Enjoy the festivities, explore musical showcases, and participate in live auctions for a chance to lead one of our exceptional ensembles. Team up with friends, and you might just win the baton to conduct the symphony of support. It's a day where every note played contributes to the success of ESYO, making Playathon an unforgettable celebration of music, community, and the breath of life.

Ensembles & Goals

Click to show your support towards a fundraising group!

Join the FUN & Help each ensemble reach their goal!

Donate or fundraise today! With your donation or the donations you collect, you can dedicate your support to an ensemble and help them reach their goal. 

Start a Fundraiser

Sign up, customize your online fundraising profile, email your friends and family, and post your link online to raise funds in support of ESYO.


Make a secure donation online and support an ESYO ensemble team or a registered fundraiser. 


It takes a village! Sign up for a few hours or all day to help us keep Playathon running smoothly. 

🎶 Support the future of music!

The marathon display of musical talent is more than simply a community concert; it helps ESYO ensure no qualified musician is ever turned away from the ESYO Experience because of an inability to pay. The money raised will fund a substantial portion of ESYO’s operating expenses and musician scholarships. a

To reach our Playathon fundraising goal of $120,000 we have challenged each ensemble with their own fundraising goal. Help them get there—give generously! Let's see which ensemble can meet its fundraising goal first. Make a general donation toward Playathon or support your favorite ESYO ensemble/musician with a gift in their honor.