Programs, Classes & Private Lessons

Orchestras and Instrumental Ensembles

Conservatory Strings

The Orchestral Program at the Mount Royal Conservatory provides a quality ensemble experience for young string, wind, brass and percussion players from Calgary and surrounding area. With five strings-based ensembles and two full orchestras, the Mount Royal Conservatory string orchestra program is one of the most comprehensive in Canada.

Junior Orchestra Program  (ages 7-15)

Conservatory Sinfonia  (ages 12-18)

Calgary Youth Orchestra (CYO) (ages 14-24)

Acceptance is by audition. Following an audition, selected applicants are placed in an ensemble appropriate to their stage of development. In addition to weekly rehearsals with Mount Royal Conservatory conductors, players are given the opportunity to work with other local professionals and to take part in workshops with internationally recognized artists.

Auditions for these ensembles are held in late May or early June. 


Audition scheduling begins April 3, 2018.

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Orchestra Audition Requirements

Hear Our Orchestras!
For QuickTime movies of our Mount Royal Chamber Strings, Conservatory Strings and CYO (Calgary Youth Orchestra) in performance during the March 2005 Academy Conductor Residency concert, click on the appropriate link below.

Chamber Strings movie clip
Chamber Strings
Conservatory Strings movie clip
Conservatory Strings
Calgary Youth Orchestra movie clip
Calgary Youth Orchestra

Please note: these are very large clips (5.7mB - 6.7mB) and may take some time to download, depending on your connection type.