leadership through music

The Program

The Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra consists of more than 100 young musicians ranging in age from 12 to 24. Admission is by audition only. In addition to rehearsing challenging orchestral repertoire under the guidance of Artistic Director Gemma New, musicians receive regular coaching and mentoring from the world-class musicians of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.

The HPYO presents three concerts per season, with each full-length performance featuring different orchestral repertoire. Once per season, HPYO musicians also perform side-by-side with the HPO and a guest conductor on stage at First Ontario Concert Hall. This exciting collaboration highlights the mentorship our young musicians receive from professional HPO musicians. HPYO members may also perform in various outreach concerts as opportunities arise.

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2021-2022 season

Registration is open now! Join us for the new season. Visit hpo.org/hpyo


Upcoming 2021-2022 Season 

The 2021 – 2022 HPYO season will be posted in the coming weeks.

20-21 Tuition Fees 

Thanks to the generosity and support of program sponsor CF Lime Ridge, the 2020-2021 virtual program is offered tuition-free.

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 available to qualified applicants and there is a $50.00/musician discount for families with more than one child in either orchestra.

Our typical tuition fees are as follows.

  • Non-refundable Audition Fee – Waived
  • Tuition Fee: Concert Orchestra – $450
  • Tuition Fee Philharmonic Orchestra – $750
  • Tuition Fee for musicians who participate in BOTH orchestras – $750

Let's make music together

The Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is a charitable organization that relies on the support of our community. You can help in many ways.  

Upcoming Events

2021-2022 Season

Information regarding the 2021 – 2022 season is coming soon.