2020/21 OSYO Info
OSYO Chair Sponsors
The Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra (OSYO) began as the Youth Symphony of the Okanagan in 1988, founded by renowned composer, Imant Raminsh. Under the current direction of co-conductors, Dennis Colpitts and Rosemary Thomson, the OSYO is now in its 32nd season.
The goal of the OSYO is to provide a rigorous orchestral education for music students throughout the Okanagan. Students aged nine through 20 are welcomed from all over the valley. Typically, the program consists of weekly rehearsals between September and May, with an overnight rehearsal camp weekend in the fall, three performance weekends, and a side-by-side experience with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. Additional programs are available to students in performance and composition.
In honour of the OSYO’s founder, the Imant Raminsh Scholarship was established in 2013 to be awarded annually to a graduating student who is pursuing music at the post-secondary level. Information regarding the scholarship is available each spring.