Join DYO


Auditions are held throughout the school year with the Music Director and a member of the DYO Board of Directors in attendance. For more information, or to arrange an audition, contact Mr John Beaton at:
(905) 579-2401

Please also complete the application form below:


Paid in full at first rehearsal. Cheque must be made payable to the Durham Youth Orchestra. Musicians entering the orchestra in the middle of the year are charged a pro-rated amount. Another option is to make fee payments online via the link below.

2017-2018 Season: $870 (This includes the membership fee as well as 6 discounted tickets for each of 3 concerts).

Musicians who require a modified payment schedule or would like to request individual financial considerations should contact Rocco Lombardi, DYO President, by email at . Each situation will require final approval by the DYO Board of Directors.

Click here to pay fees using Visa or Mastercard

Application Form

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  • Applicant's Information

  • Parent's Information

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

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

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


Full orchestra rehearsals for the 2017/2018 season will be held from September to June on Monday evenings from 6:45 to 9:00 p.m. at Sinclair Secondary School on Taunton Rd. E just west of Anderson St. in Whitby.

The first rehearsal will be held on Monday, September 11th, 2017. The location is to be confirmed.

Additional string rehearsals, and the occasional full orchestra rehearsal, are held on Saturday afternoons at Queen Elizabeth Public School on Simcoe St. N just south Taunton Rd. E in Oshawa from 9:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The orchestra performs best when all musicians are in attendance. Therefore, all members are expected to faithfully attend all rehearsals, masterclasses and concerts, unless prevented by a serious reasons (eg. illness or school exams). DYO member are expected to regularly include orchestra music in their daily practice routine at home to ensure that our performances are polished.

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