Our Ensembles

Symphony Orchestra

The most advanced of the MRYO ensembles open to musicians aged 14 to 25. The goal of the Symphony Orchestra is not only to provide the opportunity for young musicians to develop advanced orchestral skills by preparing challenging and exciting music for performance, but also to provide them with an enriching musical experience by introducing them to the great orchestral repertoire.

Jean MacRae, conductor

Saturday, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Activities

  • 3 hour rehearsals, 35 per year.
  • minimum 8 sectionals per year with professional string, wind and brass coaches.
  • one weekend intensive.
  • 4 concerts per year.
  • chamber music.
  • national or international tour every 5 years.
  • participation in the Festival of the Association of Quebec Youth Orchestras (every 2 years).
Registration Fee: $ 470 per year / $ 235 per session

Dolce Musica 

The intermediate level string orchestra for ages 11 to 15. The goal of the ensemble is to give young musicians of an intermediate level the opportunity to develop basic orchestral skills in order to prepare them for eventual entry into the Symphony Orchestra. The repertoire is carefully chosen to build confidence on both a technical and musical level, while developing all aspects of string playing.

Jean MacRae, director

Saturday, 1:00 to 3:15 pm

Activities

  • 25 hour rehearsals, 30 per year.
  • 8 sectionals per year with professional string coaches.
  • One weekend intensive.
  • Participation in the Festival de la Relève.
  • 3 concerts per year.
Registration Fee: $ 430 per year / $ 215 per session

String Ensemble

The junior string ensemble for ages 5 to 12. The goal of the ensemble is to give young musicians the opportunity to discover the fun of learning to play together. The repertoire is carefully chosen and arranged so that all levels may participate; no matter what the student’s abilities, he or she will be included, challenged, and encouraged.

Mayu Egan, director

Saturday, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Activities

  • 5 hour rehearsals, 30 per year.
  • 1 outing to a Montréal Symphony Orchestra Children’s Corner Concert
  • 3 concerts per year
Registration Fee: $ 350 per year / $ 175 per session

Wind Ensemble

Matthew Jackson, director

Saturday, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Activities

  • 30 rehearsals a year, each lasting an hour and a half.
  • 3 concerts a year
Registration Fee: $ 350 per year / $ 175 per session