The Guelph Symphony Youth Orchestra is open to young musicians under the age of 28. Admission is by audition. Rehearsals are held on campus, at the University of Guelph on Fridays from 4:30-6pm, in room 203 of the McKinnon Building. In addition to rehearsing challenging orchestral repertoire, musicians will receive regular coaching and mentoring from the professional musicians of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra.

 GYSO musicians will present two public concerts, perform side-by-side with the GSO and perform in various outreach concerts as opportunities arise.

Interested in becoming a member ? We’d love to have you join us!

We participate in U of G’s Club Day in  September and January! 

Rehearsal dates run in tandem with the U of G calendar


Click here to see the audition requirements.

  Here’s the link to upload your online audition

2024 Winter Schedule: First rehearsal is January 12

Friday January 12, 19, 26

Friday February 2, 9

(No rehearsals during Reading week- February 16, 23)

Friday March 1, 8, 15

CONCERT: Friday March 22, 5pm, Arts Auditorium, McKinnon Building, University of Guelph

Tickets will be available at the door for $5.00


Tuition is $150 per term. Here is a link to the payment page



What level do I have to have reached to be eligible to audition for the orchestra? Applicants are accepted into the orchestra based on their performance in their audition.  The excerpts reflect the skill level required to participate.

What if I’ve taken a break from my instrument during the last two years and am not in top form? Should I still audition?

ABSOLUTELY! We recognize that this has been a challenging time for young musicians.

Is there a fee to audition? No

What is tuition to be in the orchestra? Tuition fees are $150 for term 1 and $150 for term 2.

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35 Woolwich St

Guelph, ON

N1H 3V1


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Spring Concert 2023

Friday March 31, 5:15pm



Spring Concert

Room 113, MacKinnon Building U of G

1) Sunrise Fanfare

2) Howl’s Moving Castle, Hisaishi

3) Prometheus Overture, Beethoven

4) Karelia Suite, Finale, Sibelius

5) William Tell Overture, Rossini

The GSYO is grateful to the School of Fine Art and Music for the wonderful privilege  to rehearse and perform in the beautifully renovated music building at the University of Guelph!