EYSO offers a strong experience for percussionists, whether they are interested in orchestral playing or the variety of colorful and challenging music for smaller percussion ensemble. For most EYSO percussionists, this is their first experience in a large symphony orchestra.
Percussionists are coached by Zachary Bowers whose professional experience includes performing with the Nashville Symphony in Carnegie Hall. Originally from Florida, Mr. Bowers has percussion degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Illinois.
Besides intensive coaching in the orchestra rehearsal, all EYSO percussionists are members of one of several Percussion Ensembles. In the Percussion Ensembles, students learn to refine their percussion technique, and explore challenging contemporary repertoire for percussion.
Sinfonia/Philharmonia Percussion Ensemble rehearses Sundays, 5:30-6:30pm.
Performs during the 2:00pm concert in November, March, and May.
Youth Symphony Percussion Ensemble rehearses Sundays, 4:30-5:15pm.
Performs during the 7:00pm concert in November, March, and May, and in April (TBA), along with the Youth Symphony and Brass Choir.