Dear Friends of EYSO,
The EYSO Board of Directors has parted ways with Artistic Director Randy Swiggum. We took this action after careful review and consideration of the future for EYSO.
We acknowledge Mr. Swiggum is a brilliant educator and artistic leader who built and fostered EYSO’s unique philosophy and culture over 20 years and, for that, we are most appreciative. Mr. Swiggum is revered by many in the EYSO family. Understandably some are upset.
In the interim, Mr. Matt Sheppard, Associate Conductor of the Youth Symphony, is handling artistic leadership responsibilities for the EYSO. The Board will work with and support Mr. Sheppard and the staff to fill open positions and prepare for next season.
The Board remains committed to providing structure and support for the continued success of the organization and the students it serves. We are wholeheartedly committed to the mission of EYSO to create a community of young musicians, enriching their lives and the lives of their families, schools, communities and beyond, through the study and performance of excellent music.
Mr. Joel B. Cohen
President, EYSO Board of Directors
Very sad for all involved.