Golden State Youth Orchestra's
(formerly El Camino Youth Symphony)
Endangered Instruments Program
Golden State Youth Orchestra's 'Endangered Instruments Program' (EIP), is unlike any other offered by youth music education programs in the Greater Bay Area. The program is geared to reach children, ages 6 – 14, from communities-in-need that have little to no music education in any part of their school curriculums. By offering substantial tuition aid to all eligible students, EIP opens the door to music education for these students, enabling them to study and learn to play French horn, viola, and/or double bass - less commonly played, yet fundamental orchestral instruments - within the context of a comprehensive music education program that encourages their artistry and creativity, while fostering within them better listening skills, better reading skills, patience, persistence, the ability to focus, and the ability to work cooperatively with others.
Currently, we have 40 EIP students who are all thriving in their musical growth and curiosity, and look forward to coming to class. Each EIP class meets for 80 minutes, once per week for 36 weeks. Classes are intentionally small so that every student receives individual attention in addition to the group technique and repertoire exercises. Students remain in the program for one to two years, on average; when the faculty feels that they are ready, EIP students are invited to join a Golden State Youth Orchestra (GSYO) ensemble of appropriate level to continue their development as young musicians.
Based on community interest in EIP, we have at least 30 new students who want to join the program. We want to welcome each one. That's why we're asking for your help.
Just $200 pays for one full year (36 sessions) of EIP lessons for one student, along with a loaned 'endangered' instrument of his/her choice to take home and practice.
Your donation of any amount will help us keep this program going, so that we can continue to provide quality music education to students-in-need who deserve to have the joy of music learning in their lives.
Thank you, in advance, for supporting music education for all.