We Are KYO

INSPIRING A LOVE FOR MUSIC AND A PASSION TO SHARE IT – WE ARE KYO!

Kawartha Youth Orchestra is a community music and orchestra-training organization serving elementary through post-secondary-aged youth. Our students come from numerous communities in the Kawartha Region of Central Ontario. Each year we enroll students who want to be challenged beyond their school music experience. Our conductors and faculty are accomplished musicians with extensive backgrounds in performance and music education. As a registered non-profit, charitable organization, KYO values its partnership with local school music programs, private teachers, and other community performance organizations, who share in the development of our student musicians.

KYO operates two program streams:

  • The Orchestras, a fee-based orchestra-training program for instrumentalists aged 8-28 years.
  • UPBEAT! Downtown, a fully-subsidized after-school social-impact music-education program for Peterborough children, aged 6-18* years, who face socio-economic and cultural barriers.

*Year 1 of UPBEAT, September 2021-June 2022, is open to youth aged 8-9 years old.

OUR MISSION

We inspire our musicians and our instructors to develop and cultivate a love for music, and to share their music and passion with the community.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Music is for everyone. We foster the development of individual and group skills in an atmosphere of inclusivity, openness, collaboration, and passion. KYO encourages excellence within a nurturing environment.

OUR COMMUNITY

The Kawartha Youth Orchestra is much more than dedicated student musicians led by dynamic teaching artists – although that is pretty great.

We are community.

WE ARE…

Students – Who come together through their love of music; who learn, laugh, and make friendships that last for years.

Parents

Who see their children grow and excel; who meet other parents through KYO volunteer and fundraising activities.

Artistic Faculty

Professional musicians and experienced music educators who understand that making music is a gift that lasts a lifetime.

Board Members

Who provide their time and talents to see that KYO is guided by sound policies.

Donors

Whose support allows KYO to advance the music education of our students and maintain the strength of our programs. We could not do it without them!

Orchestrate Change. Share The Music.