The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra has education and outreach opportunities for all ages!

Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra

Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra

Age: 10-20

The OSYO is made up of eighty young orchestral musicians from throughout the Okanagan Valley. Under the direction of Dennis Colpitts and Rosemary Thomson, the OSYO is the flagship of the OSO’s Education and Outreach program. Now celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the OSYO program offers students from ages 10 to 20 a rigorous training program with OSO mentors, weekly rehearsals, overnight camp, solo opportunities and a successful composition program.

Masterclasses

Masterclasses

For Music Students

Students across the valley can apply to participate in Masterclasses with our renowned guest artists. In recent years, students have had the opportunity to learn hands-on and up-close from artists such as pianists Ian Parker and Jane Coop, trumpet player Jens Lindemann and the Gryphon Trio.

Mainstage Family Matinees

Mainstage Family Matinees

All ages

Each season, we feature a family matinee that entertains and introduces young people and their families to the fun and joy of music. Last year, the OSO performed Peter and the Wolf to delighted audiences. This fall the OSO performed the eagerly-anticipated The Music of Harry Potter to crowds of all ages, many of whom arrived at the theatres in their favourite wizard-inspired regalia.

Symphony Storytime

Symphony Storytime

For Preschoolers

Symphony Storytime is a wonderful way to introduce pre-schoolers to the magic of live orchestral music. Master educator Joe Berarducci leads these story-based forty minute interactive concerts with OSO and OSYO quintets. The whole family can join in singing, dancing and playing percussion instruments while engaging in folk tales and nursery rhymes. What a great way to meet the instrument families of the orchestra!

Symphony School Concerts

Symphony School Concerts

For elementary school students

Last season over 4500 elementary students came to see the 12 year-old piano prodigy, Kevin Chen perform with the OSO in Magnificent Mozart. This show also featured three local school choirs and Orff instrument groups, one each in Vernon, Penticton, and Kelowna who spent weeks rehearsing with Music Director Rosemary Thomson before the show.

In 2019, join us for Meet Our Orchestra Family!

Middle School Band Clinics

Middle School Band Clinics

For Middle School Students

Over 250 middle school band students enjoy an annual clinic with OSO professionals and OSYO mentors. A morning clinic at the Theatre and the Library sees fifteen different spaces filled with students and pros playing trumpets in the lobby, clarinets in the Black Box Theatre, oboes in the dressing rooms, percussion on the stage and lots more. The students then watch the dress rehearsal of the OSO and OSYO side-by-side show.

Musicians in the Making

Musicians in the Making

For Music Students

Music students from our three community music school programs have the opportunity to perform in our lobby before each main stage concert. They receive tickets for the show and the opportunity to meet our guest artist.

Your Symphony at the Library

Your Symphony at the Library

All ages

Returning in the 2019/2020 Season!

Join us for a free 45 minute performance in your local library, featuring small ensembles from each instrument family in the orchestra.  Then meet the OSO musicians and enjoy the ‘Instrument Discovery Zoo’ where everyone is invited to try an instrument. Performances take place at the Okanagan Regional Libraries in Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton.