The GYSO performs a minimum three concerts per season in venues including Harcourt Memorial United Church, the GYMC Recital Hall, and at the River Run Centre on its main stage in an annual side-by-side concert with the GSO. Other performances have included community involvement such as free concerts at St. Josephs Hospital and a Christmas-themed flash mob performance at Stone Road Mall. Demonstrating their merit, the GYSO has won the top scholarship in the ensemble category at the Kiwanis Music Festival in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Dr. Chris Cigolea served as the conductor of this orchestra from 2011-2017, and Dylan Langan conducted the orchestra from 2017-2019. In July 2019, the GYSO was thrilled to welcome Alexander Cannon as its new Music Director! The Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra continues to develop its artistic level and financial sustainability, so that it can play on and continue contributing to the city’s vibrant cultural scene for all ages.
The GYSO was established in 2011
when a partnership was struck by the Guelph Symphony Orchestra (GSO) and Guelph Youth Music Centre (GYMC) to collaborate in the operation and support of Guelph’s only youth symphony. A grant from The Guelph Community Foundation’s Musagetes Fund – dedicated to performing, visual and literary arts excellence in and around Guelph – helped to get this thriving partnership off the ground.
The GSO and GYMC continues to provide the GYSO
with substantial support through:
• Mentoring and hands-on coaching from local symphony performers;
• Access to the GYMC’s Recital Hall for rehearsals and performances;
• Increased exposure, credibility, and publicity via mutual marketing efforts of the GSO and GYMC;
• Collaborative performances with the GSO at Guelph’s prestigious River Run Centre.