The Edmonton Youth Orchestra was founded in 1952 when 12 music students met at a high school in downtown Edmonton to talk about forming a music group. Today, the EYO Association is an integral part of Edmonton’s cultural life. The Edmonton Youth Orchestra Association supports two orchestras: the Senior Orchestra (ages 14 to 24), and the Intermediate Orchestra (ages 11 to 20). EYO Intermediate Orchestra members must be 11 yrs old by September 1 of the year of the audition.

Opportunities are provided for young musicians to develop their orchestral skills, to increase their knowledge and appreciation of music, and to enrich the cultural life of the community through concerts and benefit performances.

The EYO program is widely regarded as one of the finest in Canada. It is funded through ticket sales, membership fees, performance fees, fund-raising events, government grants and donations from both individuals and the corporate sector.  Membership fees of $200 are due by September 1st. 

Rehearsals & Concerts: 

  • Intermediate Orchestra rehearsals - Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm​

  • Senior Orchestra rehearsals  - Saturdays, 9 am-12:30 pm

Rehearsals normally take place in Room 123 of the Fine Arts Building at the University of Alberta (88 Avenue & 112 Street). Attendance is mandatory unless a player has good reason to be absent. Players who miss more than three rehearsals may be asked to resign. Players are responsible for all music and materials furnished to them by the EYO Association. All players are asked to take an active role in selling tickets to their own performances.

Concert Dress:                                                                     

  • Gentlemen:

    • black tuxedo or black suit

    • white shirt

    • black bow tie

    • black socks and black dress shoes

  • Ladies:

    • ankle-length black skirt or ankle-length black dress pants and black top with long or three-quarter-length sleeves or ankle-length black dress with long or three-quarter-length sleeves

    • black stockings/socks

    • black dress shoes