Learn more about EYSO ensembles.


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. 


  • 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

    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 masterworks of the classical repertoire, challenging and inspiring their members to ever-higher levels of creativity, musicianship, and collaboration. The 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.

    Youth Symphony

    For very advanced high school and college-age students, Youth Symphony is the flagship orchestra of EYSO.

    Rehearsal time: Sunday 6:15pm - 9:00pm

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    Philharmonia is an advanced full orchestra for middle and high school age players that studies and performs masterworks of symphonic repertoire.

    Rehearsal time: Sunday 3:30pm - 5:30pm

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    Sinfonia is an intermediate level full symphony orchestra for strings, winds, brass, and percussion from middle to high school.

    Rehearsal time: Sunday 3:15pm - 5:15pm

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    Prelude Orchestra is for early-intermediate string players, grades 5 through 9.

    Rehearsal time: Sunday 4:30pm - 6:00pm

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    Primo Intermezzo

    Primo Intermezzo is a small group of more experienced Primo members selected by invitation.

    Rehearsal time: Sunday 5:00pm - 6:30pm

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    Primo is an entry-level ensemble for string players (violins, violas, cellos, and basses) in grades 4 through 8.

    Rehearsal time: Sunday 5:30pm - 6:30pm

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    Brass Choir

    Brass Choir is one of EYSO’s proudest offerings, providing a unique ensemble experience for all Youth Symphony, Philharmonia, and Sinfonia brass players.

    Rehearsal time: Sunday 5:35pm - 6:35pm

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    Percussion Ensembles

    EYSO offers a strong experience for percussionists, both in orchestral playing and through a variety of colorful and challenging music for smaller percussion ensemble.

    YS Rehearsal time: Sunday 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    SF/PH Rehearsal time: 5:35pm - 6:35pm

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    Flute Choir

    ​Flute Choir is an intermediate flute ensemble for middle & high school students in Philharmonia and Sinfonia.

    Rehearsal time: Sunday 5:35pm - 6:35pm

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    Chamber Music Institute

    ​The intimate experience of Chamber Music Institute ensembles offers EYSO students Prelude level and above the opportunity to both lead and collaborate with their peers.

    Rehearsal times: Sunday, scheduled around orchestra rehearsals

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    Honors Chamber Ensembles

    EYSO Honors Chamber Ensembles offer an unparalleled opportunity for Youth Symphony students to play chamber music at the highest level and to work with some of the finest artist-educators and chamber music coaches in the nation. As the premier ensembles and ambassadors of EYSO, the Maud Powell String Quartet, Hanson String Quartet, Sterling Brass Quintet, and Earl Clemens Wind Quintet maintain active and high-profile performing schedules.

    Rehearsal times: Sunday, scheduled around Youth Symphony/Brass Choir rehearsals

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