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If you're here, you've been impacted by an EYSO story. Help us continue our legacy and donate today.

We are fundraising for the students of Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra


For the students of today and TOMORROW!

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Join us for a storytelling journey where you will experience personal stories from staff, students, alumni, board members, and others with a personal connection to EYSO.

Finding ways to connect--when we are required to remain separate--is challenging. Since 1976, EYSO has been a place of connection and belonging for hundreds of young people. EYSO families value the sense of community that is such an important part of EYSO, making coming together and forging ahead even more important.

This Season

In March, we suspended in-person rehearsals, then pivoted to distance learning via Zoomhearsals (you'll learn more about these in our stories) without missing a single Sunday afternoon of scheduled activity. More recently, we moved our May 10th season finale concert to an online format. Conductors, coaches and students have worked enthusiastically and passionately toward this reimagined virtual performance.


EYSO is known for great concerts -- the culmination of weeks of engaging, dynamic, and thought-proving collaboration in the rehearsal room. While Zoomhearsals and virtual concerts don’t replace time together in the rehearsal room and on stage, these efforts offer a glimpse into the "EYSO difference".

Why are we doing this?

1. To raise awareness. Learn how EYSO impacts the personal growth and development of students and why EYSO has been a place of refuge, connection, and belonging to hundreds since 1976.

2. To raise funds. The goal of this campaign is to raise $30,000 to ensure that EYSO continues to fill this critical niche as we navigate through the COVID-19 crisis.


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and becoming a member of the EYSO family.