The Annual ECSO Instrumental Competition
provides a wonderful opportunity for instrumentalists through the age of 25 to win cash prizes as well as appear with the orchestra in a subscription concert. This year's finals will be on March 11, 2017 at 1pm. Please download the attachments for the full guidelines and application.
The competition is open to instrumentalists including pianists with no minimum age requirement through the age of 25. Contestants vie for cash prizes and the chance to perform with the ECSO in a subscription concert. The finals are open to the public free-of-charge. Families are encouraged to attend this afternoon of performances by young talented musicians. Complimentary refreshments are served while the judges retreat to chambers and make their selections.
Eastern Connecticut Symphony Youth Orchestra and Strings Ensemble
The ECSYO and Strings Ensemble is undergoing its second session, and is welcoming new members. If you are new to our programs, please email us to schedule a time to meet our conductors. If you cannot attend on this date, please contact us at email@example.com to schedule a time. Students please come prepared with a short musical selection to help us determine your skill level. Join us at Northeast Academy Elementary School - 115 Oslo St, Mystic, CT.
Thank you for your interest in the ECSYO programs. We are embarking on another year of fun! For the 2016/2017 season, we will have two opportunities for young musicians! The Youth Orchestra accepts students from grades 8-12, who play string, woodwind, brass, and percussion. We also offer a Strings Ensemble program for students in grades 4-8.
In July 2015, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Youth Orchestra (ECSYO) appointed Kathleen Anderson as its Music Director. Kathleen (Kate) Anderson comes with a wealth of experience in music performance and education in the state of Connecticut. Currently, Anderson is the Director of Music at Tourtellotte Memorial High School in Thompson, where she conducts three performing ensembles and teaches classes in piano, guitar, music technology, and music theory. With thirty years of violin performance experience, Anderson was a member of the University of Connecticut Orchestra studying directly under Dr. Theodore Arm and Peter Sacco and has recently worked with the newly formed Northeast Connecticut Community Orchestra in Ashford under the direction of Yaroslav Tereshchenko.
Upon notification of her selection Kathleen Anderson had the following statement: "I am ecstatic to be selected to direct the ECSYO. I am looking forward to invigorating and building the ECSYO into an ensemble that promotes, preserves, and encourages student musicians to pursue not only their musical talents, but also an appreciation of orchestral music. It is vital that our society continues the legacy of the orchestral genre through this type of authentic learning experience, as well as sharing it with our surrounding eastern Connecticut community members."
Our Strings Ensemble is conducted by Mrs. Shannon Stevenson. Mrs. Stevenson currently teaches music for Groton Public schools and serves as the strings conductor for their elementary schools. She earned her BS in Music Education ( 2000) and BFA in Music (2000, Magna cum Laude) from the University of Connecticut. In 2005, Mrs. Stevenson earned a Master in Education from Eastern Connecticut State University. Through her strong leadership, our Strings Ensemble continues to grow in size and talent!
We would like to thank Northeast Academy Elementary School for hosting our rehearsals this year. Rehearsals will continue to be held on Monday evenings. Youth Orchestra musicians rehearse from 6:30-8:30pm, and the Strings Ensemble will meet from 6:30-8:00 pm.
The ECSYO is a special program. We are striving to inspire our students to reach beyond the musical experiences offered in school programs, to expose them to the possibilities in the world of musical arts. Throughout the year, we offer multiple opportunities to interact with the professionals from the ECSO. Perhaps some of our students will continue pursuing music in college, or in careers involving musical performance. But even if they do not, we all know that music builds strong minds in the areas of mathematics, logic, and memory. It is our sincere hope that through their involvement with ECSYO, our students will gain a strong work ethic and a deep love of music.
exposes students from area high schools as well as cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to our concerts and gives them volunteer opportunities to satisfy their school requirements. These young people go through organized training and are required to sign contracts indicating their availability and commitment to the concert dates. If you are a high school student and would like to be part of the Student Usher Program, download a