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CROWDRISE : May 28, 2013
Tax ID: 22-2317557
BASED: Schenectady, NY, United States



Music & Young Musicians

Empire State Youth Orchestras (ESYO) is dedicated to educating, challenging, and inspiring young musicians to pursue excellence by providing high-level performance opportunities while actively engaging with New York’s Capital Region community and beyond.

Winner of three prestigious national awards from ASCAP, ESYO is an umbrella organization comprised of:

  • two full symphonic orchestras,
  • a wind orchestra,
  • a string ensemble,
  • three percussion ensembles,
  • two jazz ensembles, and
  • an inner-city music training program. 

Started in 1979 with a single orchestra of 81 young musicians, ESYO now counts over 300 students from eastern New York and western New England in its membership.  A not-for-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors, ESYO provides high-quality music education and performance opportunities to young musicians and helps them develop leadership qualities while also teaching them the importance of making a positive contribution to society.  ESYO is well known for its Youth Orchestra’s participation in CBS 6’s Melodies of Christmas (benefit concerts that support the child cancer program at Albany Medical Center). 

ESYO ensembles give approximately 30 public performances a year, including a free concert for seniors and concerts for young people.

ESYO was recently named Tech Valley Nonprofit Business Council’s Nonprofit Organization of the Year (for organizations of fewer than 75 employees) in recognition of ESYO’s positive contributions to the vitality of the region. 

For more information about ESYO, please call the ESYO office at (518) 382-7581 or visit                         

Tax ID: 22-2317557 •


ESYO's 2016 Playathon

ESYO's 2016 Playathon

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ESYO 2015 Playathon on Crowdrise!

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ESYO's Youth Orchestra - Carnegie Hall Concert June 1, 2014

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ESYO's 2014 Playathon

ESYO's 2014 Playathon

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