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The pursuit of excellence is transformative. We know the extraordinary impact the ESYO Experience has on our young musicians, their families and their communities, and we are committed to making this experience accessible to all aspiring youth regardless of their ability to pay. We are also cmmitted to keeping tuition costs low despite ever-rising costs. In fact, tuition dollars account for only 20% of the actual expense. This is why we ask for your support. Your contribution ensures access to exceptional musical experiences for everyone--no matter their circumstances.

Each gift leads to a tangible benefit: a more educated student, a better musician, a young person more skilled in collaboration and cognizant of the importance of community. Your donation is a wise investment in an optimistic future. What do your dollars support? Tuition waivers and private lesson subsidies; participation fees for tours, workshops and festivals; instrument subsidies, just to list a few. We depend on the generosity of individual donors, corporate sponsors, and granting organizations for more than one third of our total operating budget each season--that translates to over a half million in fundraising every year!

Supporting ESYO is an investment in...

The Creative Economy

The Creative Economy

Business thrives in communities that support a vibrant arts culture. ESYO provides high level performing opportunities for our region’s residents and serves as an enticement to people seeking to relocate. ESYO also employs dozens of professional artists as conductors, coaches, judges and teaching artists, enriching the lives of hundreds of young musicians from across the Capital District.

  • The Creative Economy

    Business thrives in communities that support a vibrant arts culture. ESYO provides high level performing opportunities for our region’s residents and serves as an enticement to people seeking to relocate. ESYO also employs dozens of professional artists as conductors, coaches, judges and teaching artists, enriching the lives of hundreds of young musicians from across the Capital District.

Young Leaders

Young Leaders

Research now shows us that the study of music develops neural connections that help foster creative thinking and cognitive skills that are instrumental for problem-solving. ESYO graduates demonstrate this with successful careers in a wide variety of fields–many becoming inspirational leaders paving the way to a brighter future for all.

  • Young Leaders

    Research now shows us that the study of music develops neural connections that help foster creative thinking and cognitive skills that are instrumental for problem-solving. ESYO graduates demonstrate this with successful careers in a wide variety of fields–many becoming inspirational leaders paving the way to a brighter future for all.

Vibrant Communities

Vibrant Communities

Now in our 40th season, ESYO is highly regarded as one of the cultural gems in the Capital Region, annually providing over 30 public performances of live music from a variety of genres – classical, jazz, band, and contemporary percussion. We support the local music community through collaborations with schools and groups such as Albany Symphony Orchestra and Albany Pro Musica.  We invest in our communities by providing music education programs that use music as a tool for positive social change.

  • Vibrant Communities

    Now in our 40th season, ESYO is highly regarded as one of the cultural gems in the Capital Region, annually providing over 30 public performances of live music from a variety of genres – classical, jazz, band, and contemporary percussion. We support the local music community through collaborations with schools and groups such as Albany Symphony Orchestra and Albany Pro Musica.  We invest in our communities by providing music education programs that use music as a tool for positive social change.

The Future of Music

The Future of Music

Many of ESYO graduates attend prestigious music schools such as The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, and Manhattan School of Music. Others pursue non-music paths at colleges and universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT – yet they still make time for music. Our graduates can be found teaching in local schools, performing in small groups and community orchestras, running recording studios, composing music, and even performing in world-class orchestras.

  • The Future of Music

    Many of ESYO graduates attend prestigious music schools such as The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, and Manhattan School of Music. Others pursue non-music paths at colleges and universities such as Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT – yet they still make time for music. Our graduates can be found teaching in local schools, performing in small groups and community orchestras, running recording studios, composing music, and even performing in world-class orchestras.

A Big Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors & Community Partners

...and many more!

Big thanks to...

($20,000 and up)
3M Foundation
id29 +
John Keal Music Co. Inc. +
New York State Council on the Arts
The Schenectady Foundation
Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation

($10,000-$19,999)
League of American Orchestras
Albany Medical Center
Hannay Reels, Inc.
The McCarthy Charities
The Mockingbird Foundation
Times Union +

($5,000-$9,999)
Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust
M&T Charitable Foundation
O’Bryan Family Foundation
The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region’s Ann B. & Robert E. Patton Music Fund
The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region’s Barry Alan Gold Memorial Advised Fund

($1,000-$4,999)
Alexandria Ashkar Tamburello Charitable Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Inc.
Cellos2go +
D’Addario Foundation Grant
Henry M. Butzel Family Foundation
Key Bank
New Music USA
Niskayuna Community Foundation General Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
Northeast String Orchestra
O’Connell & Aronowitz Attorneys at Law
RBC Foundation Grant
Review Foundation, Inc.
Schenectady County Initiative Program
Suzanne Lake Scholarship Fund
The Carlilian Foundation
The Little Family Foundation
University at Albany Foundation
Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP
WGY Christmas Wish Campaign

($500-$999)
Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region-Shore Fund
GE Foundation Matching Gifts Program
Music Company Orchestra Inc.
Pearl Grant Richmans
Uno Restaurants LLC
The Women's Alliance, Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady

($100-$499)
Cole’s Woodwind Shop +
Joyce Serbalik Choi Attorney at Law
NY State Music Fund
Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
The Etude Club of Schenectady
The Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies
Verizon Matching Gift Program

(Up to $99)
Amazon Smile Foundation
iGive.com
Maggie’s Beauty Shop
Schenectady Symphony Orchestra Association
Swingtime Jazz Society

List represents gifts and pledges received July 1, 2017 to October 12, 2018.

+ Includes in-kind contributions

 *The showcased sponsors logos above this section are reccurent or sizable sponsors/partners that have donated an upwards of $5,000. 
+ includes in-kind donations