We Are KYO

United by their love of music, 100 elementary school through post-secondary-aged students from the Kawartha Region come together each week to fulfil their desire to deepen their musical experience.

Through our two program streams – The Orchestras and UPBEAT! Downtown (UPBEAT), we teach, guide, and foster musical growth as well as the developmental benefits of musical experience in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.

We learn, we laugh, we play – literally.

Join KYO

Through lessons, rehearsals, and concert performances, KYO members develop lifelong skills of teamwork, commitment, organization, and musicianship. We support a high level of musical advancement within a supportive environment.

Find out what you need to know to become a member of KYO!

Support KYO

Supporters play an essential part in the KYO community. The Orchestras program charges a modest tuition that covers approximately 4% of operating expenses. UPBEAT! Downtown (UPBEAT) is delivered tuition-free. We rely on sponsors, donors, and volunteers to further support our inclusive orchestra and music programs and enable KYO to offer essential opportunities.

We invite you to join supporters past and present, that have helped KYO become the premier music education organization it is today.

Our Programs

Three-tiered orchestra program

Beginning musicians through advanced

String, Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion

Musicians 8-28 years of age

After-school music education program

No prior music knowledge required

Music Fundamentals, Choral, String, Winds, & Percussion

Children 6-18 years of age

Upcoming Events

Schedule

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

KYO/PSO APPRENTICESHIP

In partnership with Peterborough Symphony Orchestra (PSO), musicians of The Orchestras senior ensemble rehearse and perform in this year-long orchestral apprenticeship under the tutelage of PSO’s Music Director/Conductor and section principals. 

MASTERCLASSES & WORKSHOPS

An annual masterclass series lead by clinicians from Canada’s top orchestras, and enrichment workshops with facilitators from various performing arts streams expand learning opportunities for all musicians. Public attendance is welcome at all masterclasses.

SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID

Every season, KYO awards merit scholarships to students to be applied toward their music education – ie. lessons, instrument upgrade, music camp, etc. Fee bursaries are available for all students according to proven need.

Composition Project

Using their own creativity and artistic expression, The Orchestras musicians learn to master elements of musical theory by creating, structuring and performing their own composition.

CONCERTO CHALLENGE

Musicians from The Orchestras junior and senior ensembles have the opportunity to compete in the annual Concerto Challenge.

OUR CONDUCTING ARTISTS

Dr. ALEXANDER CANNON

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR,
THE ORCHESTRAS &
UPBEAT! Downtown

SKYO

Marilyn Chalk

MARILYN CHALK

JKYO
THE ORCHESTRAS

Headshot of John Fautley

JOHN FAUTLEY

FARM TEAM: WINDS, PERCUSSION
THE ORCHESTRAS

ROSE LORANGER

FARM TEAM: STRING
THE ORCHESTRAS