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.
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.
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.
In addition to leadership opportunities and hands-on experience, being a Young Leader brings you:
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.
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.
ESYO Young Leader Mentors participate in the following areas:
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.