The Junior and Intermediate String Orchestras give string students an opportunity to develop orchestral ensemble and musical skills.
Returning to in-person 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 2022-2023
Junior Orchestra rehearsals on Saturdays 9:45 – 10:45 am
Intermediate Orchestra rehearsals on Saturdays 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Session 1: September 10 – December 10, 2022
Session 2: January 7 – April 22, 2023
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.
The recommendation of your teacher is often all that is needed. We will contact you if an audition is required.
REGISTER NOW FOR 2022–2023
DOWNLOAD the String Orchestra Registration Package NOW (includes full calendar, etc.). You can register and pay online now.
The simplest method is to register & pay online (links below to pay by credit card).
Mail to: GYMC, 75 Cardigan Street, Guelph N1H 3Z7REGISTER ONLINE NOW
PAY ONLINE 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. Special thanks to Heather Fleming and Lauren Taylor for their hard work on behalf of the orchestras.