The Junior and Intermediate String Orchestras give string students an opportunity to develop orchestral ensemble and musical skills.
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 String Orchestras was directed by Tak Kwan from September 2017 to May 2019. Sadly, Tak was unable to stay longer, but the GYMC is grateful for his excellent work with the kids for two years.
Beginning in the fall of 2019, the GYMC welcomes new conductor Joy Schuster to our string orchestras. 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 won First Place in the OMFA (Ontario Music Festivals Association) Provincial Finals! Congratulations to conductor Tak Kwan and orchestra members for your hard work and well-deserved recognition.
The cost for either the Junior or the Intermediate String Orchestra is $365 (early bird price of $350 until June 20). Registration includes a weekend rehearsal retreat. The Orchestra program is 25 weeks, with rehearsals on Saturday mornings from September to May.
Junior Orchestra rehearsals on Saturdays 9:45 – 10:45 am
Intermediate Orchestra rehearsals on Saturdays 11 – 12:30 pm
Session 1: September 14 – December 14, 2019 (dates to be confirmed)
Session 2: January 11 – May 1, 2020
These programs are recommended for players at Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) level 4 and above.
The GYMC would like to thank conductor Jef ten Kortenaar for his leadership and loving caring of the orchestras for over 10 years.
Contact us for registration information or download, print and complete the registration form (click the button link below). Please make an appointment to bring it to the office, scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 519.837.1121.Download the Orchestra Information/Registration Package
The forms are also available in the GYMC office.