Joining the KYO Ensembles

Senior KYO

Auditioned Symphonic Orchestra

In-person Auditions – Sept 18, 2021

Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion

Typically 4+ years of ensemble experience

Intermediate KYO

Intermediate Orchestral Ensemble

Placement Hearings – Sept 12, 2021

Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion

Typically 2+ years of ensemble experience

Junior KYO

Beginner Instrumentalists

open to all

Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion

Typically 0-2 years of ensemble experience


Students aged 8 to 28 who reside in the Kawartha and Greater Peterborough regions are eligible to join the Kawartha Youth Orchestra.

  • Musicians in the KYO are strongly encouraged to remain active in their school music programs.
  • It is strongly suggested that all prospective and current students enroll in private study on their primary instruments. The KYO can provide information about private instruction enrollment.



Please contact our Recruitment Coordinator with any and all questions you may have about our ensembles!

  • Beginning students of all ages are invited to join the Junior KYO! No experience is necessary for enrollment. Students typically spend at least two years developing their technical skills before graduating to our intermediate level orchestra.
  • Students typically having played for a minimum of two years are placed in the Intermediate KYO. The ensemble’s conductor will listen to you play during a short, friendly, and casual assessment meeting to ensure you are placed in the best ensemble to match your skill set. These meetings allow us to create the best conditions for learning and to maintain our standards of excellence.
  • For interested musicians who may not have been aware of our programs prior to audition dates, auditions may be arranged on an individual basis throughout the performance season. Please contact us for information.

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