The Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra (WSYO) has a mission! Formed in 2004 along with the Windsor Symphony Junior Youth Orchestra (WSJYO), it exists to help young people develop their talent and realize their full potential through the experience of making music at a high level of excellence. However, participating in the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra is not just about the music. It also involves learning about cooperating with others and working together in a professional environment. What better lesson for life?


Conductor Peter Wiebe has this to say: “I have been conducting the WSYO for twelve years now, and I still love seeing the sense of pride in the group as they manage to tackle difficult but rewarding repertoire. I seek to strive for excellence, and to help the musicians express the passion in the music through work on fine detail and musical phrasing. I also really enjoy seeing the kids bond with like-minded young people. They encourage each other in what they do just by being in this environment!”


The WSYO is open to young people ages 13-22 who play orchestral instruments. The orchestra plays at least three concerts a year, including the annual Side by Side concert with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, 2014 and 2016, the WSYO went to the “Association des orchestres de jeunes du Québec” festival in Terrebonne. And in May 2015, the alumni joined the orchestra for a 10-year anniversary concert, with 85 musicians on stage.


The junior orchestra (WSJYO) is open to string players ages 8-14. See FAQ for more information.


It is estimated that almost 90% of all professional orchestra musicians in Canada are graduates of youth orchestra programs!



Sunday, November 27, 2016,  7:00 p.m. at The Capitol, Windsor

Saturday, February 18, Performance of 5 new pieces by Canadian composers writing especially for the WSYO. There will be an afternoon performance of these world premieres. Details to be announced. The Capitol, Windsor.

Friday, April 7, 7:30 p.m., WSO|WSYO Side by Side at The Capitol, Windsor.

Sunday, May 14, 7:00 p.m., at The Capitol, Windsor.