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Upcoming Events

Fall Concert & Silent Auction 2018

  • Saturday, November 24, 2018
  • 7:30 pm
  • Hebron Christian Reformed Church, Whitby, ON


  • Guest soloists, Jessica Fellows, violin, and Meagan Turner, viola. Jessica holds a Masters degree from the Juilliard School and performs frequently with the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony.  Meagan holds a Masters degree from the Juilliard School and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Manhattan School and is an Artist in Residence with Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect.

Repertoire Includes:

  • J. Pachelbel – Canon in D major performed by the DYO Junior Ensemble
  • W.A. Mozart – Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364 with guest soloists, Jessica Fellows, violin, and Meagan Turner, viola.
  • W. A. Mozart – Impresario Overture and Brass Quintet movements
  • J. Strauss – Emperor Waltz


Winter Concert 2019

  • Saturday, March 2, 2019
  • 7:30 pm
  • Salvation Army Temple, Oshawa, ON


  • Guest choir, the Trafalgar Castle School Girls’ Choir
  • Trafalgar Castle School Chinese Instrument Ensemble
  • Guest soloist Ally Jiang, winner of the 2018 DYO Concerto Competition and grade 6 student at Julie Payette Public School in Whitby

Repertoire Includes:

  • A. Vivaldi – Gloria (Gloria in excelsis deo, Et in terra pax and Cum Sancto Spiritu) with guest choir, the Trafalgar Castle School Girls’ Choir accompanied by DYO strings
  • Pieces performed by the Trafalgar Castle School Chinese Instrument Ensemble
  • W.A. Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 12, K. 414  (1st mvt.) with guest soloist Ally Jiang, winner of the 2018 DYO Concerto Competition and grade 6 student at Julie Payette Public School in Whitby.
  • G. Holst – Mars, Bringer of War from The Planets
  • E. Elgar – Nimrod from Enigma Variations
  • P. Tchaikovsky – Marche Slav


Spring Concert 2019

  • Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • 7:30 pm
  • Hebron Christian Reformed Church, Whitby, ON


  • Soloist, DYO violinist, Samantha Cardwell

Repertoire Includes:

  • F. Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor with soloist, DYO violinist, Samantha Cardwell
  • E. Elgar – Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
  • M. Glinka – Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture
  • J. Brahms – Academic Festival Overture


Want to know what our audiences say about us?

I am pleased to convey my sincere appreciation of the Durham Youth Orchestra. In addition to hearing members perform at our Inaugural Council Meeting and at the recent Mayor’s Fundraiser at Trafalgar Castle, I have had the pleasure of attending many concerts at St. George’s in Oshawa and seeing the DYO perform with the Ontario Philharmonic at the Regent Theatre. These talented young musicians enhance the cultural richness of our town and region. My best wishes for the continuing success of the Durham Youth Orchestra.

Don Mitchell

Mayor, Town of Whitby

As a music educator in the O’Neill Collegiate Performing Arts Program, I am so appreciative of the fine opportunity that the DYO provides for young musicians and audiences in our community. John Beaton, a fine educator, gives such careful consideration to his programming, ensuring wide exposure to the classics from the orchestral canon. His differentiated approach to programming creates appropriate performance opportunities from the least experienced to the most advanced players. I had the thrilling experience of being under his baton playing my Twinkle Variations with my 6 year old, as well as sharing the podium to conduct the orchestra with my vocal ensemble, the O’Neill Collegiate Chamber Choir. The collaboration with the choir was a unique and challenging experience for my students.

Mr. Beaton and Mr. Otway have unwavering high expectations for the DYO. This standard of excellence is achieved through meticulous attention to musicianship and dedication. Students are exposed to professional soloists and often engage in instrument specific workshops. The DYO further elevates the performance standard by having the youth musicians play alongside professional musicians providing students inspiration and musical prowess for which to aspire.

Having shared many students with the DYO and collaborated numerous times, I have observed the benefits of belonging to such a fine community organization. Life-long skills are honed such as commitment, perseverance and working co-operatively with others to achieve greatness.

The DYO is wonderful for our community; for young musicians and audiences alike. Thank you for providing such high calibre arts and culture in Durham Region!

Erin Collins

Teacher, O'Neill Collegiate, Oshawa

In the many years I’ve been associated with the Durham Youth Orchestra as Honorary Patron, I’ve been thrilled by every concert. I’ve also been thrilled to witness the progress of kids from tiny beginners to brilliant performers who go on to elite schools such as Julliard.

The secrets to all these successes are predictable but so very difficult – great kids, a brilliant maestro in John Beaton, and immensely loving and hard-working parents and volunteers.

‎I extend my congratulations to all and look forward to many more great concerts.

With very best wishes,

Dr Gary Polonsky

Honorary Patron, Durham Youth Orchestra

Featured Artists

Emily Rocha

Emily Rocha

Soprano Soloist

Emily Rocha is a 17-year-old soprano from Courtice, Ontario. This year she was awarded the Intermediate Voice Award at the Oshawa Whitby Kiwanis Music Festival, the Best in Voice Award at the Pickering Rotary Music Festival, the Senior Outstanding Performance Award for voice at the ORMTA Toronto branch, First Runner-Up at ORMTA Level B for the GTA, Third Place at the OMFA Provincials, and a First Place Winner with the American Protégé Competition, with which she will be performing in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City later this year. She also participated in the NATS Intern Program in June, held at the University of Toronto for the first time in Canada. During the summer she participated in the Royal Conservatory of Music’s High School Voice Intensive. She also participated in the Academie International D’Ete de Nice in France, where she performed in master classes with Juilliard’s Lorraine Nubar. She is very grateful to be this year’s recipient of the Marianne Turner Memorial Scholarship. Emily is currently in her first year at the University of Toronto for her BMus in Classical Voice Performance in the studio of Lorna MacDonald. She is a featured co-winner of last season’s DYO Concerto Competition.

Ansonia Quartet

Ansonia Quartet

Fresh off the heels of their first international tour to Japan, The Ansonia Quartet is excited to perform with the Durham Youth Orchestra during their 2017/2018 concert season!  The Ansonia Quartet was formed at The Juilliard School in September 2016, when the four members met during their first days of graduate school and immediately bonded over a mutual passion for string quartet.  Comprised of musicians hailing from Canada, the United States, and Japan, Ansonia members have performed throughout the world at numerous festivals, including the Aspen Festival, Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, Juilliard Chamber Fest, Kneisel Hall, McGill International String Quartet Academy, Montreal Chamber Festival, Music Masters Course Japan, Sarasota Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, Tanglewood, and the Toronto Summer Music Festival.  A prize-winner of the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank Competition, Vancouver native Byungchan Lee is widely regarded as one of the leading young Canadian musicians of this generation.  Violinist Sumire Hirotsuru recently graduated from Harvard University and, in addition to her studies at The Juilliard School, has founded Summer in JAPAN, an educational program in her hometown of Oita, Japan.  A dedicated chamber and orchestral musician, Toronto-born violist Meagan Turner appears frequently throughout Canada and the USA, most recently as principal violist of the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and Michigan cellist Isabel Kwon has been recipient of a Fellowship position at the Aspen Summer Music Festival.  The Ansonia Quartet enjoys diverse musical interests as well as the challenges associated with learning new repertoire and pushing performance boundaries.  Though a new ensemble, the ambitious Ansonias have recently been awarded a Gluck Fellowship through The Juilliard School to pursue various community engagement endeavors, as well as a position in the Honors Chamber Music Program for the 2017/2018 academic year.   They have also been awarded a Fellowship position at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance this Winter to study intensively with the Dover Quartet.  Currently enrolled in graduate studies at The Juilliard School, the Ansonia Quartet works primarily with Juilliard Quartet members Ronald Copes and Roger Tapping, who continue to be particularly inspiring figures in their musical and artistic development.

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