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Concerto Competition

All TSYO members are eligible to participate in our Concerto Competition. Participants in the TSYO Concerto Competition will perform for a jury (consisting of TSYO faculty members and TSO musicians). All parents and friends are welcome to attend as this event is free and open to the public. The winners of the TSYO Concerto Competition will have an opportunity to perform as a soloist with either the TSO, in one of its concerts for young people, or with the TSYO.

The next Concerto Competition will take place on December 9, 2024. Winners will be announced after the competition.


  • Participants must be current TSYO members in good standing.
  • Participants will play a complete movement from a concerto or a large solo work of their own choice. The concerto or solo piece must be written for soloist with orchestral accompaniment.
  • Participants must supply a collaborative pianist. 
  • The concerto or solo piece must be written for soloist with orchestral accompaniment.
  • The length of the movement must be no more than 10 minutes (this is firm; please make cuts, as necessary).


We are delighted to announce the results of the 2023/24 TSYO Concerto Competition:

  • Sora Sato-Mound (Violin) - to perform a concerto with the TSO in the 2024/2025 season
  • Angelina Sievers (Viola) - to perform a concerto with the TSYO in the 2024/2025 season

Congratulations to all our members who participated in the annual TSYO Concerto Competition this season!

Previous Winners:

  • 2022/23: Yelin Youn (Flute), Cian Bryson (Bassoon)

TSYO Awards


TSYO awards are merit-based and granted at the discretion of the TSYO conductor, coaching staff, and management. All musicians participating in the TSYO will be considered for an award, and no application is required. Winners are announced at the end of each TSYO season.

Award recipients are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Overall commitment to the TSYO
  • Demonstrating leadership within the orchestra (performance and attitude)
  • Attendance and punctuality (regular attendance and arriving on time to all TSYO-related events/rehearsals)
  • Professionalism
  • Artistic excellence (includes overall performance and improvement)


We are delighted to announce the results of the 2023/24 TSYO Award Winners:

  • Marija Ivicevic (Viola)
  • Mario Rodriguez McMillan (Cello)
  • Fay Wang (Cello)
  • Ilan Mendel (Trombone)

Previous Winners:

  • 2022/23: Julia Fowell (Horn), Marcus Chan (Bass), Anika Grieve (cello), Joey Machin (Violin) 

Stingray Rising Stars Award


The Stingray Rising Stars Award was launched in 1998 as Galaxie Rising Stars. This original program sets out to discover, encourage, promote, and champion new up-and-coming Canadian artists through partnerships with presenting organizations. In the 2018/19 season we were delighted to announce the first TSYO Stingray Rising Stars Award. The award, with a value of $1,000, was designed to help a TSYO member advance their career.

For more details, please visit the Stingray website.


The winner of the 2023/24 TSYO Stingray Rising Stars Award is Cian Bryson (Bassoon).

Previous Winners:

  • 2022/23: Joelle Crigger (Violin)