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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.

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A Big Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors & Community Partners

...and many more!

Big thanks to...

($20,000 and up)
The Schenectady Foundation
3M Foundation

($10,000-$19,999)
Albany Medical Center,
Hannay Reels, Inc.
New York State Council on the Arts with
the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
and the New York State Legislature

($5,000-$9,999)
Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region- Patton Fund
Henry M. Butzel Family Foundation
Key Bank
M & T Charitable Foundation

($1,000-$4,999)
CDPHP
Community Foundation for the Capital Region- Tamburello Fund
D’Addario Music Foundation
Fenimore Asset Management, Inc.
GE Foundation Matching Gifts Program
Heart Strings
Northeast String Orchestra
O’Bryan Family Foundation
O’Connell & Aronowitz
Pearl Grant Richmans
Review Foundation, Inc.
Schenectady County Initiative Program
Stewart’s Shops
Times Union+
University at Albany Foundation
WGY Christmas Wish Campaign

($500-$999)
Cengage Learning
Coles Woodwind & Brass Shop, Inc. + 
Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region-Shore Fund
John Keal Music Company+ 
Music Study Club of Schenectady
Pitney Bowes Employee Involvement Fund
Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady
Uno Pizzeria Restaurant LLC
Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLC

($100-$499)
Apple Inc.
Boston Consulting Group
Community Foundation for the Capital Region’s Thomas J. Gorman Fund Fiduciary Trust
The Foundation forJewish Philanthropies
Goldman, Sachs & Co. Matching Gift Program
Henry M. Butzel Family Foundation
id29 LLC
M.J. Engineering & Land Surveying
P.C. Music Company Orchestra, Inc.
New York State Music Fund
Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

(Up to $99)
Schenectady Symphony Orchestra Association
iGive.com
The Etude Club of Schenectady
IBM International Foundation
Amazon Smile Foundation
The Boeing Company
Maggie’s Beauty Shop Independent Nursing Care, LLC
The Verizon Foundation
Swingtime Jazz Society

List represents gifts and pledges received January 1, 2017 to April 15, 2018.
+ Includes in-kind contributions

 *The showcased sponsors logos above this section are reccurant or sizable sponsors/partners that have donated an upwards of $5,000.