The Coquitlam Youth Orchestra inspires young musicians through the discovery of great orchestral music in a vibrant social atmosphere, ultimately enriching the community with public performances. It has and continues to attract the finest young musicians from Coquitlam and the lower mainland.
New Students & Auditions
Auditions for the 2019-2020 season were held on Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26, 2019. There are still vacancies in some sections, so if you are interested in auditioning please fill out the audition registration page on this website and we will contact you.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Coquitlam Youth Orchestra please take look at our volunteering opportunities, fill out a volunteer page, and we will confirm your request.
When I first joined CYO in grade 9, I wasn't sure what to expect, because it was my first official youth orchestra. I remember being really surprised at the diversity in instruments, as well as the fact that... I got named as the concertmaster, haha. 🙂 But I was still really shy back then, so I didn't have many friends. But as I kept joining CYO year after year, the members I see all year long became my second group of friends outside of school. I honestly have a lot of fun at every rehearsal, so every Friday is a good day!! I also started to find orchestral pieces much more grand and interesting than playing my violin solo pieces... But anyways, CYO is a rare and enjoyable experience overall, and I never regret joining every year! >w< Thank you! 😀
I think the CYO is very engaging of all the children, you can make new friends that are all around your age, it helps with your private lessons, you practice more and it has a positive impact on children.
I'd like to thank you for everything you have done for the kids. You have been so nice, instructive and patient to them all the time. Your guidance lead them to a wonderful higher level for teamwork and harmony. As a result, the concert is so successful and amazing. Michelle can't love this activity any more. Last, we want you to know we will keep supporting you and I believe my daughter will definitively enjoy the orchestra next year. May you have a wonderful day.
Thank you for the year's of patience and perseverance towards teaching and guiding our children in the FIRST Youth orchestra. You have been amazing mentor to these young children. We can't wait to see you again next year. The performance on last Saturday was outstanding and everyone was amazed on how well these young musicians played. You should be very proud. As parents, we are very proud to see how all of you performed. Kudos to you. With most grateful thoughts and appreciation.
I like playing ensembles and I enjoy playing with CYO. The CYO members are friendly and the annual retreat camp is quite fun. I look forward to the rehearsals every Friday.
It has been a great first year for my son who plays the cello with the Coquitlam Youth Orchestra. He can’t wait for the season to start again in September!
Reg Quiring – Our Intermediate and Senior Orchestra Conductor
The Conductor and Artistic Director, Reg Quiring, has performed as principal violist of the Vancouver Symphony, the Vancouver Opera, and the Quebec Symphony. He has taught violin and viola at all levels at the University of British Columbia, the Vancouver Academy of Music, and the Quiring Chamber Music School. These institutions as well as others have engaged him as conductor for their orchestras. Reg is very excited to take on the task of building a great youth orchestra for Coquitlam and its surrounding regions.
Dr. Lucia Hyunsil Roh – Our Junior Orchestra Conductor
Dr. Lucia Hyunsil Roh was recently appointed as the conductor of Coquitlam Youth Orchestra’s Junior Division. Prior to arriving in Canada in 2015, she was selected to be a teaching artist in Korea Arts and Culture Education Service’s El Sistema program. As a teaching artist, she participated in research and editorial supervision of orchestral repertoire, and also presented masterclasses for the instructors of El Sistema-Korea to help develop their teaching skills.