Membership & Auditions

The Edmonton Youth Orchestra was founded in 1952 when 12 music students met at a high school in downtown Edmonton to talk about forming a music group. Today, the EYO Association is an integral part of Edmonton’s cultural life. The Edmonton Youth Orchestra Association supports two orchestras: the Senior Orchestra (ages 14 to 24), and the Intermediate Orchestra (ages 11 to 20). EYO Intermediate Orchestra members must be 11 yrs old by September 1, of the year of the audition.

Opportunities are provided for young musicians to develop their orchestral skills, to increase their knowledge and appreciation of music, and to enrich the cultural life of the community through concerts and benefit performances.

The EYO program is widely regarded as one of the finest in Canada. It is funded through ticket sales, membership fees, performance fees, fund-raising events, government grants and donations from both individuals and the corporate sector.

To apply for membership & audition:

  • auditions are held in May, in room 123 of the Fine Arts Building at the University of Alberta (88 Avenue & 112 Street)

  • applicants should prepare two contrasting works or one piece containing contrasting elements. Piano accompaniment is preferred but not essential (a piano is provided but not the pianist). A copy of the music is required for use by the auditioners.

  • all applicants will be notified in June. For those who are successful, the annual non-refundable membership fee of $200, payable at the first rehearsal in September.

  • For futher information contact the EYO at eyo@shaw.ca or 780-569-5290

Rehearsals take place in Room 123 of the Fine Arts Building at the University of Alberta (88 Avenue & 112 Street). Attendance is mandatory unless a player has good reason to be absent. Players who miss more than three rehearsals may be asked to resign. Players are responsible for all music and materials furnished to them by the EYO Association. All players are asked to take an active role in selling tickets to their own performances.

AUDITIONS FOR 2018/19 SEASON have now been completed. 

Intermediate Orchestra

  • rehearsals are Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00pm

  • rehearsals may be extended to 9:30pm for a few weeks immediately preceeding a concert

  • performance dress for men is black trousers and jacket, black bow tie, white dress shirt with black shoes and socks

  • performance dress for women is long black dress or long black skirt, long sleeved black blouse (dress shirt) with black hose and shoes

Senior Orchestra

  • rehearsals are Saturdays from 9am-12:30pm

  • performance dress for men is black trousers and jacket, black bow tie, white dress shirt with black shoes and socks

  • performance dress for women is long black dress or long black skirt, long sleeved black blouse (dress shirt), with black hose and shoes