Course description

The Calgary Youth Orchestra (CYO) is the flagship orchestra in Mount Royal Conservatory's Orchestral Program.

Internationally recognized as one of Canada's leading youth orchestras, the CYO provides solid training in orchestral playing. CYO alumni can be found in such world-renowned ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as all major Canadian orchestras. Along with Classical masterworks, the CYO’s repertoire often includes Light Classics, Jazz, Klezmer, Film music and other types of popular music.


Calgary Youth Orchestra Society

The CYO is supported by the Calgary Youth Orchestra Society, an independent not-for-profit society that works to provide enhances performance opportunities for the Orchestra. All CYO student members and their parents or guardians automatically become members of the Society.

About CYO Fees

The Mount Royal Conservatory registration fee contributes to the Conservatory's cost for the conductor, office space, rehearsal space and setup, music library, theatre services, secretarial support services, and many aspects of administration. The Calgary Youth Orchestra fee helps to pay for the part-time Orchestra Manager, guest musicians, clinicians, music rental, music purchases, concert hall rentals, advertising and promotion, and so on. In cases of financial hardship, students are encouraged to apply for Conservatory Special Scholarships (hyper link to form), which may cover all or part of the Conservatory fee. Additionally, please check with the Conservatory for payment options. Members of the CYO for whom payment of the CYO fee is a financial burden should apply in writing, to the CYO Society President, c/o Po Yeh, Orchestra Manager, for consideration of a reduction or waiver of fees. All applications will be kept in the strictest confidence. For more information, please email cyo@mtroyal.ca

This course is not currently open for registration. If you have any questions, please contact us at ceregservices@mtroyal.ca.

Auditions Information

Auditions for the 2024-25 season are now open. Acceptance into the orchestra is by competitive audition early June each year and is open to students aged 14 to 24. Applicants must fill out the CYO Audition Form and sign-up for an audition date and time using the links below. Auditions will take place between June 4 and June 12 2024. Please make sure to read all the information carefully and be sure you are aware of the audition requirements.

All students, new and returning, are required to audition for CYO. Please fill out the Audition Information Form linked above before selecting an audition time. If you have any questions or concerns regarding auditions, please contact Audition Assistant Aine Kay Sison at asiso421@mtroyal.ca for assistance.

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