The Okanagan Valley is rich with young musical talent. What better way to bring that talent together than in one large youth orchestra? Founded almost 30 years ago the OSYO is the flagship of all Education and Outreach programs offered by the OSO. 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. Their dedication shines most prominently in their concert series – an inspiring musical event for all ages.
OSYO Music Director
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 2017/2018 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:
Being in the OSYO is a totally different experience you can’t find anywhere else. The enthusiasm and dedication everyone puts forward makes it unforgettable
The OSYO has been a perfect environment for me to develop instrument technique, broaden my versatility as a musician, and to make great connections.
- Jacob Soucy | Trumpet
joins us for our Concert Series.
DEC 2, 2017 - Trinity United Church - Vernon @ 3 pm
DEC 3, 2017 - The CLeland Theatre - Penticton @ 2 pm
DEC 3,2017 - First Lutheran Church, Kelowna @ 7 pm
MAY 5, 2018 - Trinity United Church - Vernon @ 3 pm
MAY 6, 2018 - The CLeland Theatre - Penticton @ 2 pm
May 6, 2018 - First Lutheran Church, Kelowna @ 7 pm
TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH KELOWNA TICKETS @ 250.862.2867, WWW.KELOWNATICKETS.COM/SYMPHONY OR AT THE DOOR.
The OSYO is more than just an orchestra; it is a group of amazing people in which you can find lifetime friends, learn from some of the most knowledgeable musicians in the province, and experience emotions and sensations indescribable by words. Five years ago I went from reluctantly auditioning for the OSYO as a percussionist, to Sunday (orchestra rehearsal day) being my favourite day of the week, to becoming Principal Violist. Being a part of the OSYO has been an experience of a lifetime: one that I will never forget, and one that I highly recommend to any other musician.
- Jade Freeman | Viola
In 2015, I auditioned on horn and joined the OSYO. I was instantly impacted by the quality of the musicians there - both the conductors and orchestra. I quickly began to involve myself in the different aspects of the OSYO program: I made friends and connections with the other members, I worked to make my horn playing the best it could be, and I entered the composition program. Upon my arrival home from my first orchestra rehearsal, I told my parents that the other performers in the OSYO were “my people.” When I joined the OSYO one and half years ago I hoped for a novel adventure, playing and composing for a large ensemble. I had no idea that I would instead receive an invaluable experience that not only included performance and composition but friendship and music enlightenment as well. - Wynn Nordlund, Horn.
- Wynn Nordlund | Horn
OSYO 2017/18 REGISTRATION PACKAGE AVAILABLE HERE
The OSYO’s a really fun thing to be a part of, and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to play more challenging music than what is normally given in school band. I also really enjoyed being able to play with an actual orchestra with strings, and all the other non-band instruments.
- Sophie Everest | Flute
OSYO 2017/18 BURSARY APPLICATION HERE