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    Calgary Youth Orchestra

Season Update

Following the direction of the Government of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, and Mount Royal University all Conservatory orchestras and ensembles are set to resume in January 2021 with an abbreviated season. Please see below for details (times/dates) and feel free to contact the Conservatory if you have any questions or concerns.

The Calgary Youth Orchestra (CYO) is the flagship orchestra in Mount Royal Conservatory's Orchestral Program.

Internationally recognized as one of Canada's leading youth orchestras, the CYO provides solid training in orchestral playing.  CYO alumni can be found in such world-renowned ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, as well as all major Canadian orchestras. The orchestra performs periodically in collaboration with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and since 1970 it has regularly toured internationally.

Along with Classical masterworks, the CYO’s repertoire often includes Light Classics, Jazz, Klezmer, Film music and other types of popular music.

Acceptance into the orchestra is by competitive audition in late May/ early June each year and is open to students aged 14 to 24.

Conductor: Edmond Agopian

Course CRN Day Date Time Room Fee
Calgary Youth Orchestra 90008 Saturday Jan. 30, 2021- Jun. 19, 2021 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ED2102 $550**

** Total includes $350.00 tuition plus a $200.00 society fee. Please see below for a more detailed description. Please note that for the shortened 2021 season all fees have been prorated. 
About CYO Fees

The Mount Royal Conservatory registration fee ($505.00) contributes to the Conservatory's cost for conductors, music library, music purchases, theatre services, secretarial support services, and many aspects of administration. The Calgary Youth Orchestra fee ($500.00) helps to pay for clinicians, the part-time Orchestra Manager, music rental, concert hall rentals, advertising and promotion. Total payment of $1005 is due when you register for Calgary Youth Orchestra at the Conservatory office by August 31.

In cases of financial hardship, students are encouraged to apply for Conservatory Special Scholarships, which may cover all or part of the Conservatory fee. Additionally, please check with the Conservatory for payment options.

The $75.00 music deposit (post-dated June 30) should be made payable to the Calgary Youth Orchestra:

Please note that the music deposit cheque will be returned to you or shredded (your choice) after all music and folders are returned in good condition at the end of the season.

Members of the CYO for whom payment of the CYO fee is a financial burden should apply in writing, no later than Sept. 30 to the CYO Society President, c/o Po Yeh, Orchestra Manager, for consideration of a reduction or waiver of fees. All applications will be kept in the strictest confidence. Application to waive or reduce CYO Society fees.

For more information, please email cyo@mtroyal.ca or call 403.440.6821.



For new students, you will need to create a log in ID and PIN

For existing students, you can log in directly through the "Register Now" button. 


Calgary Youth Orchestra Audition Requirements

CYO Audition Form

Calgary Youth Orchestra Society

The CYO is supported by the Calgary Youth Orchestra Society, an independent not-for-profit society that works to provide enhanced performance opportunities for the orchestra. All CYO student members and their parents or guardians automatically become members of the Society.

CYO Member Information Form

Mandatory Forms

CYO Handbook



2019/2020 Concert Season

Youth Orchestra Symposium Concert

November 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Margaret Greenham Theatre, Banff

Brahms' First Symphony

November 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Bella Concert Hall

Sounds of the Season

December 14, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Bella Concert Hall

The Fretless with CYO

April 5, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Bella Concert Hall

MusicFest Nationals

May 18, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

Bella Concert Hall

New World Symphony

May 24, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

Bella Concert Hall

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