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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

  • 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, fund-raising events, government grants and donations from both individuals and the corporate sector. 

Annual Fees

$525      $300 Membership Fee + $225 Volunteer Commitment Fee (see below)

+   $100 Senior Orchestra members only (Concert trip, when applicable)

Due by the first rehearsal in September

(Cheque, cash or e-transfer) 

Members of the EYO for whom payment of the EYO fees is a financial burden should contact

the General Manager, Heather Dolman ( / 780-569-5290).

Volunteer Commitment Fee:  The EYO is a volunteer-supported, non-profit, and federally-registered charitable organization. Volunteering translates into funds and time that contribute to the smooth running of the EYO program, allowing the EYO to remain affordable and accessible. Volunteering also provides the added benefit of being wonderfully rewarding by building and strengthening relationships within the organization.


A volunteer commitment payment of $225 is required from each family by the first rehearsal of the season.​​​ Upon completion of a family's volunteer commitment this $225 is reimbursed. Where volunteer positions are not available or a family opts to donate their volunteer commitment fee, in lieu of volunteering, a donation receipt for income tax purposes is provided. 

More information available through the following documents:

Volunteer Policy

Volunteer Form   

Membership & Volunteer Fee Refund Policy   

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:                                                                     

  • black tuxedo or black suit, white shirt, black bow tie, black socks, black dress shoes​​


  • ankle-length black skirt or ankle-length black dress pants, black top with long or three-quarter-length sleeves, black stockings/socks, black dress shoes


  • ankle-length black dress with long or three-quarter-length sleeves, black stockings/socks, black dress shoes

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