The Junior and Intermediate String Orchestras give string students an opportunity to develop orchestral ensemble and musical skills.
Returning to in-person and socially-distanced rehearsals & concerts
Conductor Joy Schuster and the GYMC have worked hard to bring back in-person orchestra rehearsals in these challenging times. Rehearsals will be in the GYMC Recital Hall, meeting all the requirements of WDG Public Health.
GYMC String Orchestras
The GYMC orchestra program began as the happy joining of like-minded teachers and concerned music lovers who wanted to make sure that all the children of Guelph and surrounding areas have the opportunity to play in an orchestra. After a trial year in 2004, the orchestras debuted in December 2005. The Junior and Intermediate orchestras are for string players only, and are intended to give young performers an opportunity to develop orchestral ensemble and musical skills, leading to participation in the Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra and beyond.
The GYMC orchestras are directed by Joy Schuster. Read about Joy here.
The Junior and Intermediate Orchestras are for string players only, and are intended to give young performers an opportunity to develop orchestral ensemble and musical skills.
In 2018 and 2019, the GYMC Junior String Orchestra, directed by Tak Kwan, won First Place in the OMFA (Ontario Music Festivals Association) Provincial Finals!
SESSIONAL DATES 2021-2022
Junior Orchestra rehearsals on Saturdays 9:45 – 10:45 am
Intermediate Orchestra rehearsals on Saturdays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Session 1: September 11 – December 10, 2021
Session 2: January 8 – April 29, 2022
These programs are recommended for players at Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) level 4 and above.
The cost for either the Junior or the Intermediate String Orchestra is $375. Registration includes a weekend rehearsal retreat. The Orchestra program is 25 weeks, with rehearsals on Saturday mornings from September to April.
Audition dates will be offered via Zoom/online June 15, 16 & 17 (unless current COVID-19 restrictions lift and conductor Joy Schuster finds that she will be allowed to have one-on-one, onsite auditions. Joy will ensure that. if the latter is the case. those performers needing to audition will be contacted via email and instructed on all necessary protocols and guidelines. An additional audition day will be held on July 8th.
REGISTER NOW FOR 2021–2022
The complete String Orchestra Registration Package, including full calendar, etc. is available here. Online registration and Early Bird payment is open now.
The simplest method is to register & pay online.
Mail to: GYMC, 75 Cardigan Street, Guelph N1H 3Z7REGISTER ONLINE NOW
PAY ONLINE NOW via our SQUARE STOREJUNIOR ORCHESTRA INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA
The GYMC would like to thank conductor Jef ten Kortenaar for his leadership and loving caring of the orchestras for over 10 years, and also Tak Kwan for his fine work with the orchestras from 2017 to 2019.