About the Coquitlam Youth Orchestra
The Coquitlam Youth Orchestra began in 2013. It has quickly grown in quality and size from a single orchestra to three orchestras, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior. Students in the the CYO benefit from weekly rehearsals, sectional practices, retreats, and performances. The existence of the CYO has created a community of young musicians and a network of friends that otherwise would not exist. The students learn as much from each other as they do from their conductors and teachers.
The CYO has been asked to perform in city events like the Canada Day Celebrations and the Coquitlam 125 Anniversary Celebrations.
The City of Coquitlam has supported the CYO for many years. We have regularly been asked by the City to regularly perform at the Canada Day celebrations as well as the Coquitlam Volunteer Appreciation event.
The CYO also supports the community by holding concerts to raise funds for local charities. This year we were a part of the Apollo Initiative, along with many other youth orchestras in BC we were raising funds for youth mental health. In July 2019, the orchestra held “Harmony Against Hunger,” a food aid concert and raised $22,000. All the proceeds were donated to the Red Cross with the CYO also contributing $2,000.
The Coquitlam Youth Orchestra began in 2013 with a vision for an inclusive and diverse youth orchestra in Coquitlam and the Tri-Cities. An orchestra developing and providing educational programs and performance opportunities for young persons with a purpose to stimulate their awareness, appreciation and enjoyment of music and music-making.
Dr. Lucia Hyunsil Roh – Junior Orchestra Conductor
Dr. Roh completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a minor in music education and string pedagogy. She also holds a Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance with distinction from the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Roh has received Suzuki teacher training certification in San Diego.
Dr. Roh enjoys a multi‐faceted career as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Some of her performance career highlights include a lecture-recital at the International College Music Society, a solo recital at Sejong Hall in Korea, and serving as a tenured member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra from 2007 to 2010. In addition, she served as the concertmaster for the MSO’s annual “Symphony Soup” concert, presented to familiarise students in kindergarten through third grade with key concepts in classical music. Other orchestral engagements have been with TIMF, Seoul Sinfonietta, Madri Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Elgin Symphony, and Madison Bach Musicians. Dr. Roh has also appeared at many international festivals such as THY in Denmark, the Music Academy of the West in California, the National Institute Orchestra in Maryland, the Garth Newel Music Center in Virginia, and the Chautauqua Institution in New York.
Dedicated to community outreach, Dr. Roh represented the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in live performances and educational presentations in elementary schools throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Her passion for teaching could be seen through her chamber music and orchestra sectional coaching at the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, UW-Madison, and UCLA. She also taught at Music Makers, a non-profit organization in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Roh wishes to enrich the community through programs and collaborations that increase access to and appreciation of classical music.
Reg Quiring – Our Founder & Intermediate and Senior Orchestra Conductor
The Conductor and Artistic Director, Reg Quiring saw a need for a youth orchestra in this area of the lower mainland several years ago and decided to pioneer its existence in 2013. Originally conceived as a single orchestra it immediately blossomed into two. In the third year Reg found that there were enough students joining that he could create the third orchestra. He has found running and conducting all three orchestras extremely rewarding and he has enjoyed getting to know the many young and talented musicians from each orchestra.
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.
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.
I would like to express our thanks and gratitude for the time and effort that you have committed to our children. Melissa enjoyed the experience and looks forward to next season. The concert was fabulous.
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.
Thanks for all your hard work in organizing the CYO. Your love and dedication for the kids are much appreciated. Will love to return next season.
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!
My daughter was a member of the junior orchestra for (2-3 years) and Reg was her conductor as well as her violin teacher. Reg is not only patient but a teacher who genuinely cares about each of his students. Playing in the orchestra was a valuable experience for her because she learned to appreciate the different instruments and learned that practicing and playing together can create wonderful music. It was a pleasure to see all of their hard work during the concerts.
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.
Thank you so much for sharing your passion for music, and your gift for instructing these young men and women. It's been such a tremendous gift to our family to enjoy the gift of music in our lives this year! Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
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 just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate you starting the youth orchestra. You have directed the orchestra really well and got an excellent sound out of both the juniors and seniors. I'm sure that as you build on this year's experience, the orchestras will go from strength to strength, and I'm looking forward to working with you and helping to make that happen! I hope you have an enjoyable and restful summer. Thanks again for your vision in starting and leading the orchestra.
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.
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! 😀