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Our Next Event:

DYO 25th Anniversary Gala Concert

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Location:  Hebron Christian Reformed Church, 4240 Anderson St. N., Whitby

Tickets $25.  Available on our website or at the door.  Children in grades 8 and under are admitted free of charge.

Repertoire includes:

Flute Quartet No. 1 in D major, K. 285 – III. Rondeau by W. A. Moart with Victor Zeyu Li, violin, Allison Rich, cello, and DYO alumni, Meagan Turner, viola, and Chelsie Vaillancourt, flute

Tre pezzi brevi by Norma Beecroft with DYO alumni, Chelsie Vaillancourt, flute, and Geoffrey Conquer, piano

Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44 by R. Schumann with Victor Zeyu Li, violin, Katya Poplyansky, violin, and DYO alumni, Meagan Turner, viola, and Geoffrey Conquer, piano

Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C major, K.299 – II. Andantino by W. A. Mozart with Ben Albertson, harp, and DYO alumna, Sarah Pollard, flute

Habanera from Carmen by C. Bizet

Mon couer s’ouvre a ta voix from Samson and Delilah by C. Saint-Saens

Song to the Moon from Rusalka by A. Dvorak with DYO alumna, Chantal Grybas, mezzo soprano

Mars, Bringer of War from The Planets by G. Holst

Nimrod from Enigma Variations by E. Elgar

Great Gate of Kiev from Pictures at an Exhibition by M. Mussorgsky


  • Chelsie Vaillancourt holds a B.Mus. in Flute Performance and is working towards a PhD in Musicology from McGill University.
  • Meagan Turner earned a M.Mus. in Viola Performance from the Juilliard School.  She has performed throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan and is currently playing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
  • Victor Zeyu Li is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and was previously a member of the New York Philharmonic.  He joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2019.
  • Allison Rich is currently pursuing a DMA in Cello Performance at the University of Toronto with Joseph Johnson.  She also received a M.Mus. from the University of Michigan.
  • Geoffrey Conquer holds a DMA in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto, where he is a course instructor.  He is also on the Chamber Music Faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
  • Katya Poplyansky received her Masters degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  She is currently completing her DMA in Violin Performance at the University of Toronto with Jonathan Crow.
  • Sarah Pollard earned her M.Mus. in Flute Performance from McGill University and is currently a member of the Saskatoon Symphony.
  • Ben Albertson is pursuing a B.Mus. in Harp Performance at the Glenn Gould School with Judy Loman.  He has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
  • Chantal Gybas holds a M.Mus. in Voice Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory where she studied with Deborah Voigt.
  • Carmine Lappano earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto and the Professional Diploma in Choral Conducting from the Canadian College of Organists.  He has sung with many important choirs, including the Elmer Isler Singers, and he is organist and Choir Director at St. George’s Anglican Church in Oshawa.

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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