The Edmonton Youth Orchestra (EYO) Association exists to provide opportunities for young musicians, from 11-24 years to:
develop their orchestral skills
increase their knowledge and appreciation of music and,
enrich the cultural life of the community through concerts and benefit performances.
Formed in 1952, the Edmonton Youth Orchestra Association supports two nationally renowned symphony orchestras: The Intermediate Youth Orchestra and The Senior Youth Orchestra.
Intermediate Youth Orchestra 2019
Photo credit: Stephanie Cragg Photography
Through these two orchestras, the EYO's music program, one of the finest in Canada, annually provides the highest possible standard of orchestral training and experience to over 150 music students.
The EYO experience has a profound and lasting impact on the lives of EYO "graduates." Some become music teachers, members of professional orchestras, or soloists. All are motivated students sharing a love of music. Our program includes regular weekly rehearsals from September through May, concert performances, weekend workshops, scholarships, and a concerto competition jointly sponsored by the EYO and the Alberta Registered Music Teachers' Association. Players for both orchestras are selected by competitive auditions held each May.
The Edmonton Youth Orchestra Association respectfully acknowledges that we creatively operate on sacred, traditional lands in Treaty Six Territory, a site where music and community have been shared for at least 11,000 years – 500 generations. We honour and recognize the rich artistic, cultural, and musical traditions of the Cree, Nakota Sioux, Metis, Dene, Saulteaux, and the many more Indigenous communities that call this land we share, home.