The OSO is committed to providing great musical experiences for the youth of our valley. This is was the fourth season in which we presented our Family Matinee, in December 2013 we collaborated with Opera Kelowna to perform Amahl and the Night Visitors.
February 2013 we joined with Bumbershoot Children's Theatre in celebration of their 5th anniversary to perform Prokofiev's well loved "Peter and the Wolf". In past years we presented Platypus Theatre company's show, "How the Gimquat found her Song" which was a delight.
We also celebrated the winners of our Elementary School Story Writing Contest in Your Story at the Symphony. This show was such a success that we will certainly do it again in future seasons.
Each year, the orchestra performs a one hour program designed especially for students in our School Shows. Students are bussed to our theatres during school hours to hear the orchestra in an interactive and fun show, led by Rosemary Thomson. Teachers have advance access to an informative Teachers Guide to help prepare their students for the experience. This year's program is a reprise of Rhonda Draper's Governor Award winning show "How Canada Came to Be" which uses Canadian folk songs to tell the story of Canada's history. 250 students shared our stage with the OSO as they narrate, sing, play and dance in this heartwarming and educational show.
Rosemary strives to find opportunities for the young musicians of the valley to get the chance to make music with the professional players of the OSO.
This season we had our annual Side by Side concert which will feature the 70 members of the Youth Symphony of the Okanagan (YSO) in concert with the OSO in the fiery Spanish inspired music on our Espana programme. The YSO has recently come under the umbrella of the OSO as a leading part of our Outreach and Education program. Co-conducted by Rosemary and Dennis Colpitts and mentored by professional players from the OSO, the YSO provides a rigorous musical education to string, wind, brass and percussion players from throughout the valley. For more information, please visit the Youth Symphony website.
In our 2012/13 season, the OSO presented the Okanagan Symphony Youth Chorus for the first time. This chorus was made up of highschool students from throughout the valley and performed on our Christmas show alongside baritone & narrator, Alan Corbishley under Rosemary Thomson's direction.
The Youth Chorus continues to perform with the OSO each year and join our musicians on stage to create an energetic sound that fills the theatre.
To learn more of their programs and to get involved visit them online at: www.youthsymphonyokanagan.com