Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra
The Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO) reinforces the pedagogy of school directors and private teachers, while providing additional performance opportunities and ensemble experience. The orchestra is open to string, wind and percussion musicians from 9th-12th grade.
The home of EYSO is the world-class Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on the Emory University campus; members are under the direction of award-winning conductor and composer Richard Prior and receive regular sectional instruction from Emory's Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Artist Affiliates and other Atlanta professionals. The orchestra performs three concerts during the school year in the renowned Emerson Concert Hall.
In the 2009-2010 season, the orchestra and its members were featured on the nationally broadcast From the Top, National Public Radio's program dedicated to the most outstanding young musicians in the country. EYSO has also been featured at Spivey Hall, performed with guest soloists from the Atlanta Symphony and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras and has appeared in concert with Emory University's String Quartet in Residence, the Vega String Quartet.