WIth a New Education Director, The Empire State Youth Orchestra Announces New 2021-2022 Season

Countless new strides have been made by The Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO), as they emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic filled now triumphant with an in-person 2021-2022 concert season. For these musicians living in Upstate New York and Western New England, they now call the historic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall home, marking yet another milestone. With a new first-ever Director of Education in the hands of Dr. David Bebe, he pledges to take the emerging and developing musicians to new heights.

Dr. David Bebe is a gifted cellist, conductor, and experienced pedagogue who will guide ESYO’s ventures to enrich the musical experiences of ESYO musicians. Rich with experience, Dr. Bebe was a frequent guest sectional coach with ESYO’s flagship performing ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and was an Associate Professor of Music at the College of St. Rose. Dr. Bebe has now become a crucial component developing string curriculum and performance courses with being a critical resource for ESYO’s artistic staff and CHIME Teaching Artists.

I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues and the conductors at ESYO to identify and provide the tools ESYO musicians need to be successful in their ensembles, especially after COVID-19 interrupted music programs across the country. I’ve had the opportunity to work with emergin gand developing musicians throughout my entire career. ESYO nurtures and supports amazingly talented and passionate musicians.

Dr. David Bebe

The Empire State Youth Orchestra agenda is looking a little different than before with the newest edition of a year-round chamber music program launched by Dr. Bebe this fall. Throughout the season he will also be developing events and programs while discovering opportunities to bridge various levels, programs, and ensembles, fully committing himself to supporting ESYO.

With support from Dr. Bebe and a team of experienced coaches, ESYO musicians will experience music in a smaller, more musician directed ensemble. As with all ESYO-sponsored ensembles and programs, the ESYO Chamber Music program will culminate with a performance in early December.

The season will be opening on Friday, November 5 from ESYO’s Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Andrés Rivas from the Orchestra Now at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. The season’s program also holds features from Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8, Bizet’s L’Artesienne Suites No. 1 & No. 2, Jennifer Higdon’s Light, Danzon No. 2 by Mexican composer Arturo Marquez and Jazz standards by Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk. On November 20, the Youth Jazz Orchestra will be joined in concert by Grammy-nominated Trumpet player Michael Rodriguez.

A complete list of ESYO Fall performances is available online at ESYO.org/tickets. Tickets can be purchased online for as little as $1 with ACCESS ESYO’s unique “pay what you can” ticket program.

Dr. David BebeThe Empire State Youth OrchestraThe Troy Savings Bank Music Hall