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.
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!
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.
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
In partnership with Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, musicians of Senior KYO have the opportunity to rehearse and perform in this year-long orchestral apprenticeship under the tutelage of PSO’s Conductor and section principals.
Featuring KYO musicians, KYO hosts an annual masterclass series led by Canada's top professional musicians. Public attendance is welcome at all masterclasses.
KYO also hosts Arts enrichment workshops with facilitators from various performing arts streams.
SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID
KYO awards annual merit scholarships. The support can be applied toward music education, such as private instruction, an instrument upgrade, or music camp fees.
Fee bursaries are also available according to proven need.
Composition & Chamber music Project
Intermediate and Senior KYO musicians employ their personal artistic expression to create and perform their own compositions in the annual Term 2 Composition and Chamber Music Project.
KYO musicians have the opportunity to compete in the annual Concerto Challenge.