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, which is dedicated to performing, visual, and literary arts excellence in and around Guelph, helped to launch this thriving partnership.
The GYSO performs at the GYMC Recital Hall, and 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. As an ensemble, the GYSO has won the top scholarships at the Kiwanis Music Festival multiple times since 2012.
Chris Cigolea served as conductor from 2011-2017, and Dylan Langan conducted from 2017-2019. In 2019, Alexander Cannon was appointed 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.