• Eugene Symphony Association appoints new Marketing & Communications Director (12/3/2018)

    Stephanie Domurat joined ESA staff December 3, 2018. A life-long music enthusiast, majoring in voice before switching to Television and Broadcast Journalism for her BA from Chapman University.

    Stephanie’s experience includes news anchor and reporter at KMTR in Eugene, as well as Spectrum News 14 in Charlotte, NC. Additionally, she spent two years as Community Education Manager at a social service non-profit in Irvine, California.

  • Holiday Party (11/26/2018)

  • Mark Your Calendars! (5/8/2018)
  • 2018 Young Artist Competition Winners! (4/28/2018)
    David Lee wins first prize, senior division, Eugene Symphony Guild Young Artist Competition

    Eugene Symphony Guild Young Artist Competition Senior Division Winner David Lee

    Avery Hsieh wins first place junior division in Eugene Symphony Guild Young Artist Competition

    Eugene Symphony Guild Young Artist Competition Junior Division Winner Avery Hsieh

    Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Eugene Symphony Guild Young Artist Competition, held April 15 at the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance. Violinist Avery Hsieh took first prize in the junior division, and David Lee, playing the marimba, won the senior division. Cellist Adrian Hsieh, Avery Hsieh’s brother, took second place in the junior division. In the senior division Brynna Paros, flute, took second place, and Jon Caponetto, bass trombone, was awarded an honorable mention. Eugene Symphony Music Director & Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong and Eugene Symphony Guild President Carolyn Abbott presented the awards with the Eugene Symphony judging panels at the event.

    (At left, front row: Francesco Lecce-Chong, David Lee, Carolyn Abbott; back row: Tyler Abbott, Henry Henninger, Steve Vacchi. At right, front row: Francesco Lecce-Chong, Avery Hsieh, Lydia Van Dreel, Carolyn Abbott; back row: Tyler Abbott, Steve Vacchi, Henry Henninger)

    The Eugene Symphony Guild Young Artist Competition is open to exceptional instrumentalists currently residing in Oregon, ages 14-18 for the junior division and 19-25 for the senior division. Junior division awards include $500 for first place and $250 for second place, and the senior division awards include $1,000 for first place and $500 for second place. The winner of the junior or senior division may be offered the opportunity to perform with the Eugene Symphony for the Symphony in the Park summer concert. Winners of both divisions may be asked to perform at Eugene Symphony Guild and other community engagement events. Rules and eligibility information here.

  • Eugene Symphony Guild Young Artist Competition (3/21/2018)

    Calling all young musicians! Registration is now open for the Eugene Symphony Guild Young Artist Competition. Musicians between the ages of 14-25 can sign up to compete for monetary prizes, and winners may be considered to perform with the Eugene Symphony! More info: http://bit.ly/2I7hK7I

  • Guild President, Carolyn Abbott, Volunteer of the Month (2/26/2018)

    Carolyn Abbott, the Eugene Symphony Guild’s President, has been selected as the Volunteer of the Month by United Way of Lane County for the month of February 2018.  Read about Carolyn and the Guild in the Register Guard by clicking this link:  Everything for the Music .

  • Caroline Boekelheide (2/3/2018)

    Posted on February 02, 2018

    Photo by Pam Cressall, taken in July 2016 during Brunch with the Maestro at Sweet Cheeks Winery.

    Caroline Boekelheide passed away earlier today at the age of 93.

    It would be impossible to overstate Caroline’s importance to the Eugene Symphony over the course of its 52+ years of music and service. In fact, I can state unequivocally that what we know today would never have come to be without her passion and leadership in our earliest years, and all of the inspiration that she has given to so many of us ever since.

    As we chronicled in the 50th anniversary season a couple of years ago, the Symphony was literally born in her living room – one of my favorite memories from that celebratory year was shooting some video of her walking around her house as she recalled the first conversation about founding the ensemble out of the then-Emerald Chamber Players, and pointed out where the woodwinds and strings were placed for the very first rehearsals. She played oboe and flute in that first group, and was the first Vice President of the Board of Directors. She continued to serve on the Board until 2013, a truly remarkable and unparalleled 47 years. Upon her retirement, the Board dedicated the Symphonic series concert on May 16, 2013 to her.

    Caroline also helped to establish what would be become known as the Eugene Symphony Guild, organized many fundraisers, and attended hundreds of concerts and events. She embodied grace and dignity in everything she did.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with her son Karl and his wife Linda and their children Amanda and David, her daughter Annie, and her son Eric, all of whom grew up with the Symphony in Caroline’s footsteps. In death she joins her beloved husband Virgil and sister Trish McGillivary who passed before her.

    We will honor Caroline’s legacy at an upcoming concert later this spring, and will share those details as soon as they’re settled. In the meantime, please join me and our entire Eugene Symphony family in thanking and remembering Caroline, perhaps raising a glass of her favorite drink (champagne, of course!) as a tribute to her at our next opportunity together.

    In gratitude,

  • Eugene Symphony Gala 2018 (1/12/2018)

    Journey through the Eugene Symphony’s onstage, community engagement, and education programs at GALA 2018: Explore the Music, the signature social event of the season! Join us to celebrate this year’s Advocate for the Arts Award recipients Jim and Barbara Walker, and enjoy cocktails, dinner, a brief auction, live music, dancing, and connecting with friends.

    New this year is an exclusive Gala performance with Music Director & Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong and Symphony musicians – you won’t want to miss it!


    Questions? Call Ashley Petsch at 541-687-9487 ext. 110

  • Play It Again! (1/2/2018)

    Dust Off Your Instrument and “Play it Again!”

    Eugene Symphony’s popular Play It Again! Adult Chamber Ensemble program brings together amateur musicians
    (18 and older) who wish to dust off their instruments and play again!
    Play It Again! participants will be formed into chamber ensembles with musicians at their skill level. Each ensemble
    will receive six coaching sessions with professional Eugene Symphony musicians. The ensembles meet biweekly
    (musicians determine schedule together) for rehearsals, discussion, and skill-building activities that culminate
    with a public performance at the First Christian Church in downtown Eugene on May 27, 2018. $75 participation fee.

    For more information contact Education & Community Engagement Director Katy Vizdal at
    katy.vizdal@eugenesymphony.org 541-687-9487×116 or visit http://eugenesymphony.org/education/community/play-it-again.