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 volunteer 8-10 hours a month in music education opportunities, special events, projects, or administrative tasks.

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

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Leadership Tracks

Music Education/Performance: Provide support for 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 support to ESYO’s Operations, Marketing, and Development departments. Opportunities to be involved in the execution of special events and concerts.


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

  • Fall Leadership Retreat
  • Community Outreach Opportunities
  • Young Leader get-togethers
  • Community Service Credit Hours
  • Performance Opportunities
  • Resume-building experience
  • Performance Scholarships and College Audition support (need-based)


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

Application Process

The application process will begin in August for the 2020/21 season. Please stay tuned for the exact dates.

Application includes a personal essay addressing at least two of the following:

  • Why are you interested in being a Young Leader? 
  • What musical experiences have you had that make you want to pursue being a Young Leader? 
  • What would you hope to gain from your experience as a Young Leader?
  • Why are leadership opportunities as a musician important to you?

Applications are closed for the 2019-2020 season.

Check back in June for information about the 2020-2021 season.