About the HPYO

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About the HPYO

Founded in 1965 by Dr. Glenn Mallory, the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra has had a significant impact on the region’s young musicians for more than half a century. Admission into the HPYO is by audition only and the orchestra consists of 65 to 90 young musicians ranging in age from 12 to 24. Youth Orchestra musicians regularly represent more than 20 schools throughout the Greater Hamilton region, and there are more than 2,000 alumni in a wide range of professions, including two current members of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Rehearsals are held from 8:30am to noon on Saturdays during the school year. In addition to rehearsing challenging orchestral repertoire under the direction of conductor Colin Clarke, musicians receive regular coaching and mentoring from the world-class musicians of the HPO. The HPYO presents three concerts per season.

Circa 1965
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Leadership Through Music

  • Leadership through music.
  • foremost student-based symphony orchestra in the Greater Hamilton Region
  • contributes to Hamilton’s cultural landscape: the foundation of a vibrant community
  • non-profit organization with charitable status
  • effective governance, expert artistic direction, committed volunteers



Music Education: high quality learning and skill-building opportunities.

Public Performance: participation in concerts and special events.

Community Service: opportunities to engage in community service.


Guiding Principals

We believe in providing opportunities for student musicians from all backgrounds and circumstances.

We believe in the power of collaboration and shared responsibility to advance mutual goals.

We believe in pursuing managed growth to serve our community and achieve our mission.