Dear EYSO Community, Auditionees, and Colleagues:

This past week, Emory University made the difficult decision to move the majority of its classes online due to new public health developments. This decision was not made lightly.  As a result of this decision, EYSO must also pivot to an online experience for the first cycle of our season (September through November).  With guidance from Emory University, Emory Healthcare, local school systems, and the CDC, we will reassess this decision later in the fall to determine if we can once again conduct traditional, in-person activities beginning in 2021. This is indeed our hope, and we will be closely watching decisions made by these institutions.

EYSO Online will be a robust 9-week educational experience featuring masterclasses, workshops, and seminars. Our sessions will focus on orchestral musicianship, performance, college preparation, and college readiness. While EYSO will be different this year, it will continue our nearly 20-year tradition of musical excellence and the highest quality offerings. Details of EYSO Online are as follows:

·         Auditions will be held virtually via recording (details to follow via email on the EYSO website)

·         Fall Participation is required for continuation in the Spring (whether in-person, online or a hybrid program incorporating both in-person and online formats)

·         Regular Masterclasses with nationally renowned artists (including professors from top conservatories, principal members of the San Francisco, Atlanta, and Seattle (and other) Symphonies, major string quartets, the US Marine Band, and other institutions) have been scheduled to allow students to have a live forum to perform solo and excerpt literature for guests and each other

·         Excerpt classes with nationally renowned orchestral musicians have been scheduled to offer practical advice on performance and audition techniques related to orchestral excerpts and EYSO Spring cycle literature

·         Excerpt classes will also culminate in recorded orchestral excerpts played by entire sections and shared with the EYSO community

·         Live Mock Audition classes will be held with guest panelists

·         We will hold our annual Concerto Competition in Spring 2021

·         Participation fees will hold steady this year at $600, and EYSO will be offering up to 4 dedicated full scholarships to students of color this season and beyond

·         Our season will last 9 weeks– Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 pm – beginning on September 2nd

·         College application advising with Dr. Bhasin and Emory faculty guests will be scheduled 

·         Attendance on Wednesdays will be required, with a generous attendance policy due to public health circumstances 

·        AJCO members from the 2019-2020 season are invited to audit all EYSO Online classes, seminars, and activities in the fall for a fee (contact youthsymphony@emory.edu for more information).

More details will be forthcoming, especially regarding guest artists, announcements for mock audition classes, masterclasses, and excerpt classes as well as audition information.   Read more about the University’s fall plan and criteria for deciding whether to allow more students and visitors to campus in the Spring here. For more context related to the University’s decisions, here is an informative video from Emory College’s Dean, Michael Elliot.

I’m sure many of you will have questions. Please feel free to direct them to youthsymphony@emory.edu.

If in-person, our Spring repertoire will include:

Cycle 2: Mahler, Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, Richard Strauss Death and Transfiguration

Cycle 3: our Concerto Competition winner, Gershwin, An American in Paris, Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet Suite no. 2

I look forward to maintaining our community, musicianship, and musical connection as we navigate this challenging time.  We will move forward – together.

Sincerely,

Dr. Bhasin