Ensembles & Orchestras

Since its beginnings as a small string orchestra in 1976, EYSO has grown to a community of nine large ensembles and nearly thirty chamber music ensembles. 


Directed by nationally recognized leaders in music education, EYSO ensembles have performed at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Illinois State Capitol, and on 98.7WFMT, Chicago’s classical music radio.

EYSO ensembles perform both masterworks of the classical repertoire and new contemporary repertoire, challenging and inspiring their members to ever-higher levels of creativity, musicianship, and collaboration. Brass Choir and Flute Choir provide opportunities each week for musicians of varying levels of experience to collaborate and learn from one another. Percussion Ensembles offer individual attention to percussionists of all skill levels, and the Chamber Music Institute gives young musicians the chance to lead, learn, and collaborate in a small-ensemble environment.

EYSO prides itself on offering each student the challenges, education, and community needed to thrive as a thoughtful musician and global citizen. It’s what we call “educating the whole musician”: preparing our students for a lifelong journey of inquiry, creativity, and growth.

Nationally-recognized music educators

Performing classical & contemporary repertoire

Active & supportive student community

National reputation with hundreds of alumni

6 large ensembles,
3 small ensembles & Chamber Music Institute

Thought-provoking & encouraging creative environment