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Tuition Fees

To allow greater accessibility to the entire Greater Hamilton Area’s students and youth musicians, we have recently reviewed the HPYO Tuition Fees. Financial aid is also available to qualified applicants.

Tuition Fees for the 2017-18 Season are as follows:

Philharmonic Orchestra: $750.00
Concert Orchestra: $450.00

There is a $50.00/musician discount for families with more than one child in either orchestra.


HPYO rehearsals generally take place weekly between mid-September and the first week of May, from 8:30 to 9:45 am for the Concert Orchestra and 10 am to 12:30 pm for the Philharmonic Orchestra Saturday mornings at New Vision United Church, downtown Hamilton.

Please note HPYO members must bring their own music stand to every rehearsal.

HPYO members are required to check email Thursdays and note all schedule updates. Attendance at all rehearsals, concerts, masterclasses, and other activities is mandatory. All HPYO members are encouraged to continue their school music programs since the HPYO is meant to supplement such programs, not replace them. Attendance at all HPYO activities is mandatory.

Side-by-Side Concert

Each year, the HPYO looks to perform a side-by-side with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and a guest conductor on stage at First Ontario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place). This exciting collaboration highlights the mentorship our Youth Orchestra members receive from HPO musicians.

HPYO Concerts

The HPYO presents three concerts each year. Each full-length concert features different orchestral repertoire. HPYO members may also perform in various outreach concerts as opportunities arise.

General Rules for Any Orchestra

Arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the rehearsal to set up and warm up.

If you have forgotten or lost your music, contact the HPYO Manager or Music Director onsite before the beginning of the rehearsal.

A pencil (with eraser) should always be on everybody’s music stand, and inside string players must mark their own parts as well.

The concertmaster will start tuning five minutes before the beginning of the rehearsal. Tuning should be fast and professional—no “warming up” here.

The rehearsal starts as soon as the conductor enters.

When the conductor stops the music, please stop immediately and do not finish the phrase.

When the conductor rehearses with other players, do not chat. This is a good time to listen and try to learn something useful for your own part. The same applies to players who are tacit.

When counting rests, do not rely on other players. Always count for yourself (or know your cue well).

Woodwind players should always bring playable spare reeds and mouthpieces. “Scraping” and “testing” can cause unwanted delays.

At the end of the rehearsal, make sure you remember or write down any important information you need for the next rehearsal.

An HPYO board member is available before every rehearsal and during the break to answer questions, help solve problems, and collect anything due. Please try to address issues during the week by emailing info@hpyo.com