The Coquitlam Youth Orchestra is a place to
GROW in confidence, skill and excellence!
Our musicians will build a
    lifetime of memories while
        mastering their artistry.
Our GOAL is to inspire our musicians,
    igniting and sustaining their passion
        in a fun and vibrant social environment.
We have created specialized
    programs, for junior, intermediate
        & senior musicians.

The Coquitlam Youth Orchestra inspires young musicians through the discovery of great orchestral music. It has and continues to attract the finest young musicians from Coquitlam and the Lower Mainland.

We offer an opportunity for young musicians who are looking to join a quality and committed orchestra, improving their individual skills but also working with others in a highly creative format experiencing musical inspiration.

The CYO follows a Covid Safety Plan which is updated in accordance with Provincial Guidelines and Restrictions.

New Students & Auditions

Thank you for your interest in the Coquitlam Youth Orchestra. General auditions were held on June 5 and 6, 2021. There are still some vacancies. If you are interested in auditioning for the Orchestra, please email us at sarah@cyobc.ca.

We will be starting rehearsals for the 21/22 season on Friday, September 17, 2021 at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam. The orchestras will be smaller than pre-Covid size and the rehearsals will be shorter and without breaks. Social distancing rules will be strictly followed, and hand washing/sanitizing and masks will be required. Concerts will be recorded at the ECC without an audience. These health measures will be followed until the Provincial Health Office has advised otherwise.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

NEWS

The Apollo Initiative
The Coquitlam Youth Orchestra was honoured to be part of the Apollo Initiative. It is a collective of youth orchestras, with 350 participating students, from all over British Columbia who recorded a new work from the Canadian composer, Juno Award winner, Jordan Nobles. The purpose of this Initiative is to raise funds in support of youth mental health in British Columbia. The virtual release of the final video took place on Youth Mental Health Day, Friday May 7, 2021.

The local newspaper also wrote about the Initiative, the CYO and our Founder and Artistic Director, Reg Quiring in hopes of raising funds and bringing awareness to youth mental health.

Testimonials

( Read more testimonials here )

  • I just wanted to send a huge thank you for what you have done with the kids this year. We thoroughly enjoyed the recital on Saturday. Though Kiara struggled to enjoy it at the beginning, she has really enjoyed being in orchestra. You should be very proud of what you have accomplished from scratch.Thanks.

    Michele and Doug Correa
  • Thank you. The past year was truly a fantastic experience, and I wish to voice my appreciation to you, Mr Qurring who made all this so enjoyable! With Gratitude and Kind Regards.

    Peter W.
  • 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! 😀

    Grace Yoo
  • 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.

    May Hsieh
  • 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.

    Esther Van Rooi
  • 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.

    Megan and Joanna

Our Conductors

Our experienced and seasoned conductors, Dr. Lucia Roh and Reg Quiring are active professional musicians in the Tri-Cities and the Lower Mainland.

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