About Us

The HPYO is proud be entering our 53rd season of youth music-making.  Our season runs from September – June and we rehearse every Saturday morning from 8:30am – 12:30pm.  Weekly rehearsals consist of a mix of full symphony rehearsals and sectionals with faculty from the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.  Each season we perform a series of main concerts as well as multiple free community and school concerts.

The HPYO is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, managed by an Orchestra Manager, and frequently enlists the help of wonderful community volunteers to help out at concerts and events.

Click here to find information for members and alumni of the HPYO.

Mission

To be the foremost student based symphony orchestra in the Hamilton region.

Vision

Through our commitment to excellence and high technical standards we establish the fundamental skills associated with symphonic playing and expose students to a broad range of orchestral repertoire and the skills associated with its execution.

Values

Through our commitment to excellence and high technical standards we establish the fundamental skills associated with symphonic playing and expose students to a broad range of orchestral repertoire and the skills associated with its execution.

Provide a learning environment for youth that,

  • Sets Goals and objectives
  • Encourages personal growth, improved self esteem
  • Provides a unique skill development in a collaborative environment
  • Encourages the joy and love of involvement with the organization
  • Strengthens community relationships

HPYO Strategic Plan Summary

Music Director: Colin Clarke

Colin ClarkeColin Clarke is sought after as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and composer, having captured the attention of instrumental and choral ensembles, schools and music festivals across Canada and the United States.  A recipient of the Clifford Evans Award for Conducting, Colin has led performances throughout Canada, the US, and Eastern Europe and has collaborated with a broad range of artists and ensembles including trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Ballet Jörgen, Orchestra London (Canada), the Canadian Brass, and the US Army Herald Trumpets, the official fanfare ensemble for the President of the United States.

Colin is perhaps best known as the founder and Artistic Director of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, an ensemble he began as a high school student.  Now in its 21st season, the multi-award winning ensemble has earned a reputation nationwide as on of the leading performance ensembles of its kind in Canada.  Under Colin’s baton, the Wind Orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2006 and was invited for a return performance in 2011.

With a passion for music education and outreach, Colin maintains a commitment to working with young people and the community.  In the spring of 2008, he served as conductor of the prestigious National Youth Band of Canada.  He has conducted all-city bands, orchestras, and choirs across Ontario, and has led the Provincial Honour Bands of Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, and Prince Edward Island.

 

Board of Directors

Rian McLaughlin – Chair

Jamshed Turel – Vice Chair

Bob Meehan – Secretary

Carrie Hughes – Treasurer

Richard Allen – Director

Dan Rutherford – Director

Matthew Willet – Director

 

Administration

Orchestra Manager – Currently Seeing Applicants!

Colin Clarke – Music Director

Sue Pollon – Financial Officer

Matthew Stodolak – Orchestral Administrator

Debra French – Grants Associate