The Sudbury Youth Orchestra (SYO), founded in 1972, is an award-winning non-profit organization providing high-quality ensemble instruction and performance opportunities for young musicians from across the region of Greater Sudbury. The recipient of many awards and honours at music festivals locally, provincially, and abroad, the SYO has a long been recognized for its excellence. It has twice participated in the Banff Festival of Youth Orchestras, and in 1987 it was invited to attend the Quebec Festival of Youth Orchestras in Shawinigan, the first Youth Orchestra outside of Quebec to have participated in this event. Champions of contemporary composers, they have performed the world premiere of several works. The SYO has toured throughout the province, having performed in concert series’ in Sudbury, Barrie, Toronto and Niagara Falls, and it routinely performs in festivals and concert tours abroad, including the 2004 International Music Festival in Salzburg, Austria, the 2005 Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland and the 2010 Cantus MM Music and Culture Festival, also in Salzburg. They have also performed at prestigious venues in Iceland, England, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy and Greece. The Orchestra is led by Dr. Jamie Arrowsmith, who holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Kent State University and Brunel University, London.
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