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Upcoming Events

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

Julia Mirzoev

Julia Mirzoev


Toronto-born violinist, Julia Mirzoev, is currently pursuing her Master’s in Music degree on full scholarship at the Yale School of Music, studying with Ani Kavafian, where she also performs in the New Haven Symphony as a substitute violinist. Julia previously studied at the University of Toronto with TSO Concertmaster, Jonathan Crow. She has most recently been featured in CBC’s “Top 30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30”. A winner of multiple first prizes across national and provincial competitions; including the grand prize at the Canadian Music Competition, Julia was granted the University of Toronto Concerto Competition prize, the Orchestra Toronto Concerto Competition first prize, and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra concerto competition first prize, granting her a series of solo engagements with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Julia has also performed solo with the Scarborough Philharmonic, the Chinese Arts Society of Toronto Orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto, and the Canadian Sinfonietta. A participant in international music festivals, Julia has been a part of the Orford Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, as well as the Aspen Summer Music Festival. Feeling equally at home in teaching, Julia enjoys teaching privately, as well as at international summer music festivals, such as the Music In Summer Festival in Orillia, Canada.

Meagan Turner

Meagan Turner


Meagan earned a Masters degree in Viola Performance from the Juilliard School on full scholarship as a student of Samuel Rhodes.  She is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Manhattan School.  As well, Meagan is an Artist in Residence at Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect, a two year program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the United States.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Violin Performance from the University of Toronto, where she studied with Erika Raum, and also an Advanced Certificate in Performance in Viola as a student of Eric Nowlin, Principal Violist of the Detroit Symphony.  In 2014 and 2015, Meagan won the University of Toronto’s Felix Galimir Prize for Excellence in Chamber Music.  In 2015 and 2016, she played in Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra, which consists of some of the best university students from the leading music schools in North America.  Meagan was selected to participate in the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra Academy’s three-week intensive training program.  She has attended chamber music seminars at Stanford University and the Orford Centre in Quebec, as well as the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina, the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Festival and the Toronto Summer Music Festival.  During the past summer, Meagan was selected to participate in the prestigious Ravinia Steans Music Institute, the summer home of the Chicago Symphony.  She has also performed with chamber ensembles and orchestras in Finland, Sweden, Australia and Japan.  Meagan is a former member of the Durham Youth Orchestra.

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