About us

The Oakville Symphony and the Halton Mississauga Youth Orchestra (HMYO) are excited to announce a formal affiliation effective April, 2018.  Both organizations have been supporting and growing orchestral music in our Oakville community for many years.  This opportunity will serve to strengthen that impact while providing superior opportunities for our youth, developing them into life long musicians.  In recognition of this affiliation, the HMYO will now be known as the Oakville Symphony Youth Orchestra (OSYO).

Our Mission:

OSYO welcomes young musicians to a progressive orchestral experience that ignites, encourages and enriches a love of music

Our Vision:

OSYO will be recognized for its excellence in development and performances through growth in all tiers, while balancing capacity and quality

What OSYO has to offer:

  • more than 70 years combined youth orchestra experience with a proven track record of excellence
  • 120+ musicians across 4 ensembles
  • Artistic Director and Symphony Conductor, Colin Clarke is recognized as one of the top youth orchestra conductors in Canada.
  • Sinfonia and Philharmonia Conductor, Caron Allen (a cellist) brings a wealth of experience to her work with younger string players
  • well established and award winning Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras  (GOLD! @ 2015 National Music Festival)
  • financially sound and independent organization
  • successful grant submissions to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and other granting agencies
  • experienced, elected board of directors
  • active, enthusiastic and engaged parent support groups
  • annual musicians retreat
  • participation in youth orchestra festivals (provincial, national, international)
  • weekly rehearsals with professional conductors
  • regular sectional coaching sessions with professional musicians
  • 3+ major concerts each season
  • access to an extensive music library (1100+ titles) resulting from the amalgamation of 2 well established youth orchestras
  • opportunity for musicians to participate and shine in the OSYO Chamber Ensembles (OSYO Symphony quartet have performed at the Moon Light fundraising events at the Royal Botanical Gardens)
  • outreach performance opportunities with other adult and youth orchestras  

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QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OSYO? please contact our Executive Director, Alan Montgomery ….. office@osyo.ca or on 289.815.0018