Youth Orchestra

The Thunder Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra 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 grade five level or above.

Weekly rehearsals take place at Trinity United Church on Thursdays from 4:15 to 6:15 pm. Students are expected to arrive at 4 pm to set-up, tune, and warm up, and to help with tear-down afterwords.

Auditions will take place Thursday, September 22 between 4:00 and 8:00 pm over Zoom. Prepare one solo piece and one scale of your choice. Students should contact Tom Cosbey at tcosbey@gmail.com to book their five-minute audition time. Rehearsals begin on September 29.

For the 2022-2023 season we are returning to full in-person rehearsals and concerts! We will be back to regular orchestra configuration—no more distancing—and most importantly we will be able to have snacks once again at rehearsals.

Auditions are on Thursday, September 22.


Here's how to join the Youth Orchestra:

First, complete this online registration.

Second, contact Tom Cosbey at tcosbey@gmail.com to book your five minute audition time on Thursday, September 22, 2022.

Audition Requirements

One piece and one scale of your choice.

Heath and Safety

We have lifted vaccine and mask requirements.

Concerts at Hilldale Lutheran Church

In the Spirit! on Sun, Dec 18 at 4 pm Grand Finale on Sun, May 7 at 4pm.


Planning is in the works for a Youth Orchestra trip in mid February, likely to Hamilton. More information to follow as we firm up all the details over the next few weeks.


Bursaries are now available to cover tuition costs for those in financial need, thanks to a generous donation from Arnold Westlake. Email Eileen Michels at elmichels@shaw.ca.

Weekly Rehearsals

Thursdays from 4:15-6:15 pm (5:15 for Juniors) at Trinity United Church


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