Founded by world-renowned composer Imant Raminsh the OSYO came about to promote the importance of music education at the highest level, especially to our youth. Over the last few years, under the directorship of Rosemary Thomson and Dennis Colpitts, the OSYO has grown considerably showing the clear need and desire to engage youth in making live music together. Their shared passion for music education is contagious among these young musicians – many of whom decide to pursue promising musical careers.

Rosemary Thomson

Rosemary Thomson

OSYO Music Director

Dennis Colpitts

Dennis Colpitts

Conductor

The OSYO accepts new applicants to begin playing between the following dates:

May 15 – September 15
(no rehearsals – only ‘meet the conductor’ sessions)
November 15 – December 15
February 15 – March 15

The 2016/2017 registration package can be downloaded here. It includes the following:

  • registration information
  • fees for the year (please contact us if you are joining part way through the season)
  • rehearsal schedule
  • concert dates and places

  • Camp Hatikvah information
  • Media/publicity permission form

Please send us an email for any inquiries:

outreach@okanagansymphony.com

Having the privilege of playing with the OSYO has enriched my life, it has allowed me to experience the many diverse talents of all the musicians, which in turn has improved me as both a flutist and a person.

  • Jasmine Lam  

joins us for our Spring Concert Series. 

May 13, 2017 -  Trinity United Church - Vernon @ 3 pm
May 14, 2017 - The CLeland Theatre - Penticton @ 2 pm
May 14,2017 - Firt Lutheran Church, Kelowna @ 7 pm

Program:

Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 2
Cecile Chaminade - Concertino pour Flute, Op.107
Beethoven - Violin Concerto ‘Romance’
Student Compositions

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ON OUR WEBSITE STARTING MARCH 15,2017.
TICKETS AVAILABLE OVER THE PHONE @ 250.763.7544 or AT THE DOOR. 

How do they do it?

Beginning the season with a fun overnighter at camp, the OSYO players meet each other over meals, games and the first three rehearsals for the season at picturesque Camp Hatikvah. Following this season kick-off the orchestra rehearses Sunday afternoons from 2.30pm - 5.00pm at First Lutheran Church, 4091 Lakeshore Drive, Kelowna, September through April. Concert weekends occur in November and May; the ‘Side-by-Side’ OSO/OSYO in February.

Performance time

What an incredible experience it is for a young musician to be able to perform with their peers on a concert hall stage in front of an audience. They learn what it feels like to move an audience with their hard work, and get dressed up for a big night out. Additionally, the OSYO practices and performs next to the OSO musicians to really know what they can aspire to. That is the sound of over 120 musicians playing together! All in all, this inspiring group performs in 9 concerts for the season September to May.

Working with the Professionals

Being a part of the OSYO enhances our students’ musical growth by providing many workshops and sectionals with OSO professionals, as well as Masterclasses with guest soloists.  Additionally, a ‘Side-by-Side’ concert series with the OSO is a highlight for these young players, many of whom take private instruction from our professionals.

Students compose their own music

A very unique component of the OSYO program is the inclusion of a composition element guided by Raminsh, which gives students an opportunity to compose a work and have it performed by the orchestra. Watch the interviews below to hear how it makes one long time OSYO member feel to hear his own music being played!

Joining the OSYO has made a huge improvement in both my playing and my life. Every week I look forward to playing with all these amazing talented people.

  • Shelby Quiring

 

CONCERTS PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY 

OSYO 2016/17 REGISTRATION PACKAGE AVAILABLE HERE

Registration Package

 

PARENTS CLICK HERE TO BE TAKEN TO A PRIVATE VIDEO OF THE OSO/ OSYO SIDE BY SIDE

HEROES & HEROINES - February 14, 2016

 Over the last four years with the symphony I have learned so many valuable lessons and met so many talented people, without this experience I wouldn’t have become the person I am today.

  • Rhiannon Jones

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