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Endangered Instruments Program

The ECYS Endangered Instruments Program  encourages young musicians to learn to play these instruments that are highly sought after by orchestras:

  • Double Bass
  • French Horn
  • Viola

If you're a young musician who is interested in learning to play, and/or switching to, an endangered instrument, join this unique program.

Students enrolled in the EIP receive:

  • Subsidized group lessons
  • A free rental instrument
  • Placement in an ECYS orchestra or ensemble once their skills have reached a sufficient level

Who should apply?

Musicians ages 8-14. Older students may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Motivated musicians! Students should have good practice habits, and be willing to dedicate regular practice time to learning a new instrument.

Musicians should have at least one-year's experience on any instrument, be able to read music, and pass an audition with EIP faculty.

ianists are great candidates to take up the Double Bass. Many pianists wish to play in orchestra, and Double Bass is a great second instrument to pursue.  Pianists already have strong reading skills and knowledge of music theory, so they usually progress fairly quickly on the instrument.

Middle School students who are in band but don't receive individual lessons are ideal candidates for the French Horn. They are welcome to use their school instrument, if desired.

Violinists usually switch to viola with relative ease. Beginning violists will also be considered for the program.


EIP Scholarships, which are need-based, are available.  Ask us about our scholarship program.

Spring Session Schedule

Viola - Monday afternoons with Vladimir Klibanov - Mondays, 4:20-5:45pm (FULL)
Double Bass - Monday evenings with Bruce Moyer - Mondays, 5:45-7pm (FULL)
French Horn - Monday evenings with Leslie Hart - Mondays, 7-8:30pm
             Beginning Horn (FULL)
             Advanced Horn (OPEN)

CONTACT US - We'd like to hear from anyone who wants to take advantage of this great opportunity. Just fill out the form below to receive details about EIP, and/or to be contacted about participating in the program. 

This program is supported by the Bill Graham Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

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