EYO Ensembles

The Ensembles of the Etowah Youth Orchestras

The EYO features three after-school ensembles that are open by audition to young musicians from throughout Northeast Alabama. Each ensemble is designed to enhance the musical experiences of its students, based on each student’s current level of performance. While there are recommended grade levels for each ensemble, placement is based strictly on performance level at the time of audition. Minimum levels of previous experience are noted for each ensemble. Each EYO ensemble meets once a week at a specified time during the regular academic year (August through May).

The Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra


The Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra, comprised of string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players. The EYSO performs standard orchestral literature and advanced orchestral transcriptions. Additionally, repertoire for the EYSO includes music from motion pictures and the Broadway stage. The EYSO has earned a national reputation for its performances of the music of contemporary composers, and regularly presents the World, Regional and Local Premieres of contemporary works. Repertoire from previous seasons includes “Mars” and “Jupiter” from “The Planets” by Holst; “Danzon No. 2” by Marquez; “Rhapsody in Blue” by Gershwin; “The Barber of Seville” Overture by Rossini; and “Carmen” Suite No. 1 by Bizet.

Principal conductor – Michael R. Gagliardo

Suggested grade levels – 8th-12th grade

Minimum requirements for auditioning – 2 years performing experience (can be waived with teacher recommendation)

Rehearsal day and time – Mondays, 6:30-9 PM

The Etowah Youth Philharmonic Orchestra


The Etowah Youth Philharmonic Orchestra is the EYO’s second full symphony orchestra, consisting of string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players. The EYPO performs transcriptions of standard orchestral repertoire, contemporary works for orchestra, and music from the stage and screen. Repertoire from previous seasons includes Symphony No. 9, “Choral,” mvts. 2 (arr. England) and 4 (arr. Leidig) by Beethoven; “William Tell” Overture (arr. Lehmeier) by Rossini; “Down a Country Lane” by Copland; and Norwegian Dances Nos. 2 & 3 (arr. Isaac) by Grieg.

Principal conductor – Deborah Boos

Suggested grade levels – 7th-12th grade

Minimum requirements for auditioning – 2 years performing experience (can be waived with teacher recommendation)

Rehearsal day and time – Sundays, 2-4 PM

The Etowah String Sinfonia


The Etowah String Sinfonia is an intermediate-level string orchestra that functions both as an active performing ensemble and as an educational ensemble that serves to prepare musicians for performance in the Etowah Youth Philharmonic and the Etowah Youth Symphony Orchestras. The ESS performs regularly throughout the season, and musical selections include classical transcriptions, new works for string orchestra, and transcriptions of popular music. Previous repertoire includes arrangements of the music of Handel, Beethoven, J.S. Bach, Brahms, Offenbach and Haydn, plus original music by Robert Frost, Les Taylor and Alan Moss.

Principal conductor – Bryce Anderson

Suggested grade levels – 6th-8th grade

Minimum requirements for auditioning – 2 years performing experience (can be waived with teacher recommendation)

Rehearsal day and time – Thursdays, 4-5:30 PM