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Spring Concert 2019


Saturday, May 4, 2019

7:30 pm


Hebron Christian Reformed Church
4240 Anderson Street
Whitby, ON



  • Guest soloist, DYO violinist, Samantha Cardwell

Repertoire Includes:

  • F. Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor with soloist, DYO violinist, Samantha Cardwell
  • L. v. Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

Upcoming Events

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
  • L. v. Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67


Want to know what others think about us?

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

Past 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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