Our Next Event:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and infection prevention requirements, our 2020-2021 season will take on a new form.
At the present time, we have not scheduled any in-person performances or events. However, we are exploring options for live and/or recorded online events to share with our devoted supporters, families, friends and the Durham Region Community.
Keep checking back here to be kept up to date with new developments as they come to fruition.
In the meanwhile, our members and directors will be rehearsing to get things ready! Stay tuned!
Spring Concert & 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner 2020 has been Cancelled
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and isolation requirements, the 25th Anniversary Dinner Gala and Spring Concert scheduled for May 9, 2020 we cancelled. At this time, we do not have a new date. Please check back for updates.
For those who have purchased tickets to either event, please contact email our Treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org for refund details.
Thank you for your ongoing support and we hope to see you soon!
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.
Aleksander Kats is a grade 12 student, currently attending Earl Haig Secondary School, majoring in the Claude Watson Film Arts program. He began studying piano at the age of 7 and continues to study with his grandfather, Alexander Kats, to this day. Over the past several years, Aleksander has received multiple ‘First Class Honours with Distinction’ certificates for his piano and theory examinations, one of which came with a ‘Celebration of Excellence Gold Medalist’ award. For the period of 4 consecutive years, Aleksander has won several First Place Awards in the Concerto Class at the Peel Music Festival, his latest being for the performance of the First Movement of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto no. 2 in C minor. Other musical experiences include playing for the school’s Senior Band, Jazz Band, as well as being an accompanist for the church choir.
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!
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.
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,