ESYO Young Leaders

ESYO is excited to provide the opportunity for the next generation of musicians and arts leaders to gain hands on experience, observe, and assist in the programs of an internationally-recognized youth orchestra.

As a Young Leader, you will volunteer for a full season, be assigned a leadership track, and be supervised by a mentor of the ESYO community. Young Leaders are expected to participate an average of 8-10 hours a month in Young Leader Cohort and volunteer in music education opportunities, special events, projects, or administrative tasks.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, the way we volunteer has changed with many opportunities moving online.

Only current 9th – 12th grade members in an ESYO Ensemble are eligible to be a Young Leader.

Leadership Tracks

Music Education & Performance

Provide online support for younger musicians in ESYO live-streamed rehearsals and the CHIME program as a teaching assistant by helping to run sectionals, give private lessons, and mentoring younger and less-experienced players. Opportunities to participate in Teaching Artist training and professional development workshops.

Arts Administration

Gain perspective on the inner workings of a non-profit arts organization as you provide administrative and technical support to ESYO’s Operations, Marketing, and Development departments. Opportunities to be involved in the execution of broadcasting virtual rehearsals, special events and concerts.

Benefits

In addition to leadership opportunities and hands-on experience, being a Young Leader brings you:

  • Leadership Workshops
  • Community Outreach Opportunities
  • Young Leader Cohort Meetings
  • Community Service Credit Hours
  • Performance Opportunities
  • Resume-building experience
  • Performance Scholarships and College Audition support (need-based)

Questions?

Contact Jared Shortmeier, CHIME Administrative Director: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Become a Mentor

Volunteer Today! Inspire and Guide the Next Generation of Musicians and Arts Leaders
What is the ESYO Young Leaders Program?

The ESYO Young Leader program is an opportunity for the next generation of musicians and arts leaders to gain hands on experience, observe, and assist in the programs of an internationally-recognized youth orchestra. ESYO Young Leaders volunteer for a full season, are assigned leadership track, and are mentored by a member of the ESYO
community. Young Leaders are expected to participate an average of 8-10 hours a month in Young Leader Cohort and volunteer in music education opportunities, special events, projects, or administrative tasks. Young Leaders are 9th – 12th grade members in any ESYO Ensemble.

What Does a Young Leader Mentor Do?

ESYO Young Leader Mentors serve as a volunteer member of the ESYO team that works together to assist our musicians develop skills such as teamwork, responsibility, and discipline. Mentors encourage their assigned Young Leader in their music education journey, volunteerism efforts, and community-based projects. Mentors offer their support by talking to Young Leaders about their own music or arts leadership experiences and motivate them for success in their musical journey. Mentors are music teachers, artists,
conductors, arts administrators, ESYO Alum, and Board Members. Mentors commit to meeting once a month with their assigned Young Leader over the course of the ESYO season.

What Can I Expect as a Mentor?

ESYO Young Leader Mentors participate in the following areas:

  • 1 hour per month (minimum) of quality conversation spent with the Young Leader. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these are required to be virtual meetings.
  • Attend your assigned Young Leader’s end-of-season virtual presentation about their experiences in the program.
  • Complete one-hour Young Leader Mentor online training.
  • Consent to a background check.
  • Maintain communication with the Young Leader Program Manager regarding any concerns, questions, or issues that may arise.
Sign Up Today! Complete the Following Mentor Application

ESYO is a proud member of the New York Mentoring Network

What is the New York Mentoring Network?
The New York Mentoring Network is for individuals, programs, and organizations committed to providing quality mentoring relationships to young people across New York State and scaling solutions, by building connections with other programs and sharing best practices and resources. MENTOR New York supports programs with capacity-building services and facilitates the New York Mentoring Network to ensure our work is community driven and responsive.