Okanagan Symphony
Youth Orchestra

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The 2021/22 OSYO Program will provide opportunities for live music-making in a safe environment as we continue to navigate the aftermath of the pandemic.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals take place in Kelowna at First Lutheran Church, 4091 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna on Sundays from 2:30-5:00 pm. Over the course of the season, there will also be opportunities to work with our OSO musicians in a series of sectional-based rehearsals.

For our full rehearsal and season schedule click here.

We encourage OSYO registration and payments to be completed by September 17th, 2021 at noon, ahead of our first rehearsal.

Performances

The OSYO presents 6 concerts throughout the Okanagan valley across 2 series each year, giving students a chance to gain valuable experience performing in a live concert setting. There are 2 concerts presented in each of the communities of Kelowna, Penticton, and Vernon; one series in the fall and one in the spring.

November Concert Weekend  (Purchase Tickets)

SaturdayNov 27, 2021Rehearsal11:00 amVernonTUC
Concert3:00 pmVernonTUC
SundayNov 28, 2021Concert2:00 pmPentictonCLE
Concert7:00 pmKelownaFLC

 May Concert Weekend

SaturdayMay 7, 2022Rehearsal11:00 amVernonTUC
Concert3:00 pmVernonTUC
SundayMay 8, 2022Concert2:00 pmPentictonCLE
Concert7:00 pmKelownaFLC

TUC: Trinity United Church; 3300 Alexis Park Drive, Vernon, V1T 6G8

CLE: Cleland Community Theatre; 325 Power Street, Penticton, V2A 7K9

FLC: First Lutheran Church; 4091 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, V1W 1V7

Side-By-Side Experience

In February 2022, the OSYO will join the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) on stage for a side-by-side performance of Smetana’s Vltava (The Moldau). As one of the highlights of our program, this is an excellent opportunity for students to learn directly from professionals while observing and working side-by-side through rehearsals and concerts.

OSO Side-By-Side Weekend

WednesdayFeb 9, 2022Rehearsal7:00 pmKelownaKCT
ThursdayFeb 10, 2022Rehearsal7:00 pmKelownaKCT
FridayFeb 11, 2022Dress Rehearsal2:00 pmKelownaKCT
Concert7:30 pmKelownaKCT
SaturdayFeb 12, 2022Concert7:30 pmPentictonCLE
SundayFeb 13, 2022Concert7:00 pmVernonVPAC

KCT: Kelowna Community Theatre; 1375 Water Street, Kelowna, V1Y 0B4

CLE: Cleland Community Theatre; 325 Power Street, Penticton, V2A 7K9

VPAC: Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre; 3800 33 Street, Vernon, V1T 5T6

Composition Program

Through biweekly Zoom lessons, students are mentored by an established composer in a small class environment to explore their creativity and broaden their instrumental composition skills. The program culminates at the OSYO Composer Reading Session in late March 2022, where students will have their own original compositions workshopped and performed on stage by the OSO. This adjunct program is a great opportunity for students to expand on their musical creativity. Full program details coming soon.

Camp Experience

Each year near the beginning of the season, the OSYO holds a weekend camp experience at Camp Hatikvah in Lake Country. Filled with rehearsals, outdoor activities, group meals, and an overnight stay in shared cabins, it’s a great opportunity for students to reconnect with old friends and make new ones! The details of the 2021 camp experience will be confirmed in September.

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Masterclasses

The OSO is proud to present a series of masterclasses each year led by featured guest artists. These sessions provide students with the opportunity to perform for and learn from some of the best musicians in the world in an exclusive 1-on-1 setting. All masterclasses are open to the public to attend.

November 2021 - Ivars Taurins; Baroque Strings

March 2022 - Lorraine Min; Piano

May 2022 - Kerson Leong; Violin

The OSYO is generously sponsored by

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