Exciting Beginner Programs**
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"A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY" THE OYOA special programs: Beginner French Horn, Beginner Bassoon, Beginner Harp, Beginner Bass and Percussion, are now accepting registrations! Beginner French Horn, Beginner Bassoon, Beginner Bass and Beginner Harp programs include free 30-minute private lessons for 25 weeks and free instrument rental.
** Please note that the beginner classes fill up early because of the limited numbers in each class
OYOA Fall Registration
The Academy comprises two full orchestras, eight instrumental ensembles for strings, winds, brass and harp, beginner and pre-school programs. Over the past years, these programs have shown increasing enrollment, reaching over 300 students. Furthermore, members of our Ottawa Youth Orchestra regularly qualify for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Fall registrations are now open for the 2016–2017 season. Registration deadline is Labour Day. Register Now
Classes run from September to April.
Have questions about the OYOA? Ask the Registrar.
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John Gomez, 2016 recipient of the Betty Webster Award
OYOA and its board is proud to share the news of John’s recent award and congratulate him on receiving this much deserved recognition:
Today (June 22, 2016), Orchestra Canada announced that John was the unanimous choice for this year’s national Betty Webster award for his sustained and significant contribution to the Canadian orchestral community, with an emphasis on leadership, education and volunteerism.
Outstanding among his peers, John will receive a plaque commemorating his contribution along with a donation to an orchestra of his choosing.
John has generously chosen the OYOA as the recipient of the donation, to support the cost of lessons for beginning students of “rare” instruments of the orchestra, including bassoon, double bass, French horn, and harp.
I've been meaning to send an email. I spent most of last season working with Montreal Symphony, while commuting from Toronto. The last week of the summer season (mid August), the orchestra did a long string of short concerts, including the majority of Bizet's Carmen opera, and the suite from Swan Lake. Although I've done these classics many times, for some reason playing them a few days apart really brought back a lot of fond memories of OYO. I don't know where I'd be without that organization, and I'm glad to see it's still going strong.
Hope you had a great summer, all the best.
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