About the EYO

Providing the students of Northeast Alabama with major musical and educational experiences through training, development, and performance.
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Etowah Youth Orchestras


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The Etowah Youth Orchestras was founded in October of 1990 to complement the established strings program in the Gadsden City Schools by offering beginning strings in selected Etowah County and Attalla City Schools; to establish an intermediate string orchestra and an advanced full orchestra; and to offer and promote private string instruction in Etowah County, Alabama. The mission of the Etowah Youth Orchestras is to provide the students of Northeast Alabama with major musical and educational experiences through training, development, and performance.

Under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Michael R. Gagliardo, the Orchestras have presented concerts throughout the United States and abroad, including Carnegie Hall in New York City (two appearances, with an upcoming third appearance in June 2015); the Lincoln Center in New York City; the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC (in a performance which was broadcast live over the internet, and is archived at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage website); Manston and Stratford-Upon-Avon in England; San Jose, San Ramon, Orotina, and Jaco in Costa Rica; Ponce, Guayanilla, and San Juan in Puerto Rico; Chicago; St. Louis; New Orleans; Philadelphia; New Haven; and Boston. The ensembles have also performed for Jacksonville State University’s Kaleidoscope Arts Series; the Alabama Music Educators Association Conference; the American Honor Orchestra Conference at the University of Southern Mississippi; the Arts Advocacy Day Conference in Washington, DC; the ASTA w/NSOA National Conference; and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum’s summer teacher’s institute.

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The Orchestras’ have become nationally recognized for their performances of the music of contemporary composers. Since 1992, the EYO has performed the World Premieres of works by Mark Wood, Daniel Dorff, Julia Scott Carey, Terry Williams, James Woodward, Miriam Lense, Sheridan Seyfried, Stella Sung, James Curnow, Philip Koplow, Paul Hanks, Alan Moss, Julius Williams, John Wilson, James Grant, Ralph Whitfield, Ryan Fraley, Mike Gagliardo, Kevin McMahon, Paul Pierce, Johnny Mathis Jr., and Max Chain.

The EYO’s commitment to new music has been recognized by the American Symphony Orchestra League with the receipt of eleven ASCAP Awards “for excellence in the programming and performance of contemporary orchestral music,” and an additional ASCAP Award in 2006 for American Programming on a Foreign Tour. In addition, in January of 1999 the EYO was selected to represent the State of Alabama in the Continental Harmony Project. The program, which was sponsored by the American Composers Forum and funded by the National Endowment For The Arts, was an initiative to create 50 new works of music for the millennium.

The EYO’s unique approach to programming and performance has led to concerts with Grammy-winning artist Bruce Hornsby and his band (April 2001); as the opening act for James Taylor at the Oak Mountain Amphitheater in Birmingham (August 2001); with blues harmonica legend Jerry “Boogie” McCain (November 1996 & June 1997); and many other unique performing opportunities, including three live “silent-movie” style performances of How The Grinch Stole Christmas (December 2000, 2001, and 2004). The EYO has also been a part of two documentaries filmed by Alabama Public Television, and has been the subject of two feature articles in Band & Orchestra Product News magazine.

Contact The EYO


Michael R. Gagliardo


Music Director & Conductor
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mikegagliardo@culturalarts.org

Bryce Anderson


EYO Assistant Conductor
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bryceanderson@culturalarts.org

Debbie Boos


EYO Assistant Conductor
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debbieboos@culturalarts.org
Etowah Youth Orchestras Facebook Page
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The Music Center at Temple Beth Israel
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Meet The Staff


Michael R. Gagliardo

Michael R. Gagliardo


Nationally acclaimed American conductor and educator Michael R. Gagliardo has served as the Music Director of the Etowah Youth Orchestras since August of 1995. In May of 2016 he was named Music Director & Conductor of the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra, after serving as the Principal Guest Conductor of the GSO during the 2015-2016 season ...
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Bryce Anderson

Bryce Anderson


Cellist and EYO Assistant Conductor Bryce Anderson graduated summa cum laude from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Music Education in 2018. Anderson has performed in the cello sections of the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra and the Jacksonville State University/Community Orchestra since 2014 ...
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Deborah Boos

Deborah Boos


At age 13, EYO Assistant Conductor Mrs. Deborah Boos decided to become a music teacher, and shared that decision with her school music teacher. Eight years later, that teacher became the district’s Music and Fine Arts Department Head, and Debbie was his first hire. She had recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a concentration in ...
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Roland Lister

Roland Lister


Mr. Roland Lister is Conductor Laureate of the Etowah Youth Orchestras, an honor bestowed upon him in May of 2018 following his retirement from the EYO program after 20 years of service. Mr. Lister was hired as the EYO’s Assistant Conductor in August 1998 and began his tenure with the EYO as the Lead Educator for the School String Orchestra Program ...
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