Our Mission


Provide exceptional musical experiences in arts education!

The mission of the East Texas Youth Orchestra, Inc. (ETYO), is to provide exceptional musical experiences in arts education through a diverse set of programs providing performances that enrich its members and the community. Through its two major ensembles, the Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra, ETYO accomplishes this mission by meeting the following objectives:

  • Education. To educate students’ knowledge of symphonic literature and to provide opportunities with professional musicianship and music educators to develop technical and musical skills.  
  • Experience. To provide students with experiences involving high-level orchestral performance in a variety of groups and settings under the direction of inspiring leaders. 
  • Encouragement. To encourage the creative and personal development of members by nurturing self-confidence, discipline, dedication, and the ability to work harmoniously with others. 
  • Excellence. To instill in members a desire to achieve excellence in their skills and to challenge them to strive for the highest level of musical performance. 
  • Enrichment. To enrich the musical lives of members by promoting a love and appreciation of orchestral music and to enrich the musical and cultural life of the community through performance, community involvement, and education. 
  • Enjoyment. To help members experience the enjoyment that comes from personal and group achievements in a successful performance and interaction with others who share a passion for music.