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About the WSYO & WSJYO

The Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestras (WSYO & WSJYO) exist to help young people develop their talent and realize their full potential through performing orchestral music at a high caliber. However, participating in the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra program is not just about the music, it also involves teamwork, leadership, and dedication to the program and your craft. We strongly believe that the WSYOs develops essential lifelong skills and habits.

If your child is interested in becoming a member of the WSYOs, please read our FAQ’s, and email to inquire about auditions.


Who is eligible for the Windsor Symphony Youth Orchestra (WSYO)?

Any musician in grade 8 and up, to ages 22, who plays an orchestral instrument: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, timpani/percussion, violin, viola, cello, bass. We strongly encourage all youth orchestra members to take private lessons on their instrument.

Is there another ensemble in the WSYO program?

Yes. The Windsor Symphony Junior Youth Orchestra (WSJYO) is for string players ideally ages 9-14.

How do I audition for the WSYO?

By audition. See WSYO Auditions.

How do I audition the Windsor Symphony Junior Youth Orchestra (WSJYO)?

By recommendation of your private teacher. A minimum level of RCM grade 3 or Suzuki book 3 is recommended.

When are rehearsals for WSYO or WSJYO?

Mostly Sunday afternoons, between early September and mid-May, with most rehearsals between 1:00-2:15 PM (WSJYO) and 2:30-5:15 (WSYO).

Where are the rehearsals?

All rehearsals will be at the Capitol Theatre (121 University Ave. W), unless specified.

What is expected for rehearsals?

Learn your notes and rhythms before rehearsals. Always have a pencil with an eraser and all your music.

What about attendance?

Attendance at rehearsals is vital. The orchestra needs to hear your part, and you need to learn together with the ensemble, listening and adjusting. While we understand now more than ever that there are times it may be necessary for you to be absent, please know that when you are gone, you diminish someone else’s experience.

What is the dress code for concerts?

WSYO – Concert Black

  • Men- Black suit, black dress shirt, black socks, black dress shoes, black long or bow-tie (optional)
  • Ladies – Long or 3/4 length black dress or skirt or long formal black dress pants with black blouse (long or 3/4 sleeved, covered shoulders). Black dress shoes and black stockings.


  • White dress shirts (long sleeves), black pants (long skirts optional for women), black dress shoes and black stockings.

Still have an unanswered question?

We’d be happy to help! Please contact Becky Ng, Education and Outreach Manager at