The Youth Orchestra, directed by Thomas Cosbey, offers a venue for
talented young musicians to expand their knowledge, collaborate with
their peers, contribute to our cultural community, and build
life-long friendships. It is geared at students age twelve to
twenty-four. Orchestral instruments include: violin, viola, cello,
bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba,
timpani, percussion, and harp. Students should be working at roughly
a Royal Conservatory of Music level five or above.
The Junior Strings, directed by Michelle Zapf-Bélanger offers a
first orchestral experience to young violinists, violists, and
cellists. Students work on the fundamentals of ensemble playing and
etiquette. It is geared at students eight to fourteen who are taking
lessons and who have acquired basic music reading skills.
Weekly rehearsals take place at Trinity United Church on Tuesdays
from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Junior Strings meet for only one hour, from
5:00 to 6:00 pm.
Auditions will take place Tuesday, September 19 between 5:00 and
7:00 pm. Please prepare one solo piece and one scale of your choice.
Students should contact director Thomas Cosbey to book their
five-minute audition time (cell: 807-251-5877). Rehearsals begin on
Auditions are on Tuesday, September 19.
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Prepare one piece and one scale of your choice.
Contact director, Thomas Cosbey, to book your 5 minute audition
time. cell: (807) 251-5877
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Policies & Expectations
If it's passed the audition date, it may not be too late! Please
contact director, Thomas Cosbey, at (807) 251-5877.
Concerts at Hilldale Lutheran Church
In the Spirit! on Sun, Dec 10 at 5 pm
Grand Finale on Sun, May 5 at 4pm.
Side-by-Side with the TBSO
The TBSYO is planning an epic side-by-side concert with the TBSO,
and other invited youth orchestra members from across Northern
Ontario and abroad. The three day event will begin Monday, Feb 26
and culminate in a combined orchestral performance at the Thunder
Bay Community Auditorium on Feb 28. An event not to be missed!
Bursaries are available to cover tuition costs for those in
To apply, please contact Eileen Michels at email@example.com.
Tuesdays from 5:00–7:00 pm (5:00–6:00 for Junior Strings) at Trinity
Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, September 26, 2023.
We couldn’t keep offering the high quality and affordable
programming that we love without the generous support of our
patrons. If you are able to support us,
donations can be made online, in the mail
to the address below, and in person at any TBSYO event. Thank you
for helping us do what we do!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Tom Cosbey, Youth Orchestra Director
Michelle Zapf-Bélanger, Junior Strings Director