Starting in 1970 as a community orchestra conducted by Dr. Charles Moore, the Eastern Youth Orchestras (EYO) grew to include advanced high school musicians. The orchestras were conducted over many years by faculty members from the School of Music at East Carolina University. The senior orchestra is currently conducted by Dr. John O’Brien. A junior orchestra was formed in 2003 with the help of its current director, Dr. Gregory Hurley; then a preparatory level was added under the nurturing direction of Mrs. Wendy Bissinger. EYO has been a springboard for many young musicians, and has hundreds of alumni, many of whom are now teaching and performing music.