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Fall Concert & Silent Auction 2019


Saturday, November 30, 2019

7:30 pm


Hebron Christian Reformed Church
4240 Anderson Street
Whitby, ON



  • Guest performers: St. Arsenije or Srem Church Choir (Whitby) consisting of members from the Serbian, Russian and Croatian community singing Mozart’s Ave verum corpus and a cappella peices.

Repertoire Includes:

  • W. A. Mozart – Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 “Jupiter”

Upcoming Events

Winter Concert 2020


  • Saturday, March 7, 20
  • 7:30 pm
  • Salvation Army Temple Oshawa, Oshawa, ON



  • Soloist, Gr 12 student Alexander Kats who will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the DYO

Repertoire Includes:

  • W. A. Mozart – Marriage of Figaro Overture
  • A. Vivaldi – Spring Concerto from the Seasons with DYO violinist, Samantha Cardwell as soloist.
  • Brass Quartet pieces


Spring Concert & 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner 2020


  • Saturday, May 9, 2019
  • 7:30 pm
  • Hebron Christian Reformed Church, Whitby, ON



  • TBA

Repertoire Includes:

  • TBA


Featured Artist

Samantha Cardwell

Samantha Cardwell


An expressive and dynamic figure on stage, Canadian-Australian musician Samantha Cardwell demonstrates her musical versatility in both period and modern performances and is currently pursuing her Associate Diploma for both violin and piano. She was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Advanced Piano 2019, Founders Award Trophy for the Seniors Instrumental in 2018 (Violin), Intermediate Instrumental in 2014 (Violin), and Junior Trophy in 2011 (Piano) at the Oshawa-Whitby Kiwanis Music Festival.

Samantha enjoys composing, writing songs and playing her guitar. She also plays the Viola in the College Park String Group, plays the piano and organ at her local Church, and sings in two choirs that tour across Ontario, Quebec and USA.

Her interests, as well as her experience in solo, string group and Orchestral performance, have brought Samantha opportunities to perform at various engagements in Canada and the States. She has also performed with the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra in their Christmas Program at The Regent Theater in 2018.

I have been to two concerts performed by the DYO and have been absolutely amazed at the talent and discipline of these young people.

I sit there and close my eyes and allow the music to surround me and enter my soul.   By closing my eyes I don’t pick out any one instrument or performer and simply experience.  When I open my eyes again I continue to be amazed that these are young people performing challenging pieces and doing it beautifully.   And they are enjoying it!

I’m hooked!!!

Bobbie Drew

Regional Councillor, Durham Region

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

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

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