The Canadian Sinfonietta Youth Orchestra (CSYO)
Previously known as the Toronto Cultural Youth Orchestra, has been a part of the Canadian Sinfonietta family since 2011. Founded in 1985 as a non-profit organization in Toronto, Canadian Sinfonietta has always had a strong vision to mentor and nurture young musicians. CSYO does so at their weekly rehearsals in a welcoming environment where students can enjoy and learn through music making. Under the batons of Maestro Tak Ng Lai (senior orchestra) and violinist Joyce Lai (junior strings), members benefit from their vast professional experience and musicianship.
Each year CSYO presents a Holiday and Spring Concert in addition to extra outreach community performances. During her visit to Toronto in 2002, the youth orchestra had the great honour of performing for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Other notable performances include participation in the Asian Heritage Month Festival, the 2013 Free the Children’s We Day event in Toronto, as well as performing at the Rogers Centre for the Canadian Airline International Chinese New Year Festival.
CSYO has also had a prolific international career! In 2013, string members travelled to Udine, Italy and Vienna, Austria where they gave many successful performances. In the summer of 2016, the group represented the City of Markham in the mission of “Music Without Borders” to cultivate and promote music appreciation in cities in China including Dongguan, Jiangmen, Naihai, and Foshan. This past summer, the group again had the opportunity to tour Italy and Austria. In addition to being warmly received by audiences in Europe, the students garnered a great deal of success through this chance of a lifetime learning experience. CSYO will continue to outreach to different communities and cultures through their music making. They welcome new members every September. Please follow them for updates at csyo.ca or on their Facebook page: “Canadian Sinfonietta Youth Orchestra”.