We Are KYO

United by their love of music, 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 programs – the Junior, Intermediate, and Senior KYO Ensembles and UPBEAT! Downtown – 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 how 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.

Three-tiered orchestra program

Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Ensembles

String, Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion

After-school, subsidized music education program

No prior music knowledge required

Strings, Percussion, Singing, Reading Music


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.


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.


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