ESYO’s progressive program supports students in elementary through high school, growing with them as they expand their musical and personal capabilities. Introductory ensembles, such as CHIME, Concertino Strings and Concertino Winds are followed by ESYO’s String and Wind Orchestras, which lead to ESYO’s Repertory and Youth Orchestras. Additionally, ESYO has two Jazz ensembles and three Percussion ensembles. ESYO’s programming exposes members to a broad range of music, providing a solid foundation, particularly important for those students who want to continue in music in college and beyond. Performances feature masterworks as well as music from living composers. ESYO has commissioned from composers such as Samuel Adler, Hilary Tann, Dan Cooper, Jin Hi Kim, Bill Cunliffe, Clint Needham and Michael Davis. This allows our musicians to be a part of the creative process as they work with the composer in rehearsal; ESYO musicians are able to participate in the process of bringing a musical idea to life in a performance.