Why join us?

Annual Concerts


Past Members


Happy Audience

The Durham Youth Orchestra is accepting applications.


Upcoming Events

Fall Concert 2017 & Silent Auction

  • Saturday, November 25, 2017
  • 7:30 pm
  • Hebron Christian Reformed Church,
    4240 Anderson St N,
    Whitby, ON


O’Neill Collegiate Choir

Repertoire Includes:

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

Winter Concert 2018


Repertoire includes: TBA

Spring Concert 2018


Repertoire includes: TBA

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

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

The wonderful thing about the DYO concerts is that you see the transition from budding young musicians through to seasoned alumni performers all in one evening’s performances. This is a community organization at its best, providing opportunities for all levels of musicians to gain experience in front of an audience. Marvelous.

Rick Kerr

City Councillor, City of Oshawa

Featured Artist

Geoffrey Conquer

Geoffrey Conquer


Canadian pianist, Geoffrey Conquer completed his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. During the summer of 2016, he was selected as one of 29 fellows to perform and study with international guest artists as a participant in the Toronto Summer Music Academy, “one of North America’s pre-eminent summer training programs for chamber musicians and singers 18-35 years old who are on the verge of a professional performance career.” As a recipient of a prestigious Rebanks Family Fellowship, he is currently pursuing the Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. As a bassoon player, Geoffrey is a former member of the Durham Youth Orchestra.

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