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Musician’s Corner

Talented TSYO Members Accepted to the National Youth Orchestra of Canada

The challenges of the last two years have not stopped several TSYO members and alumni from achieving their dreams!
May 25, 2022

It’s well-known that the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) nurtures the talents of many young musicians, but it’s always a delight to report on their accomplishments.

Recently, the roster for Canada’s 2022 National Youth Orchestra (NYO) was announced, revealing nine current TSYO members and three TSYO alumni have been accepted! This intensive training program runs June 19–July 20, followed by a Canadian tour running until August 5 with performances in Kingston, Montreal, Ottawa, Mont-Laurier, Québec, and Toronto.

“I had always wanted to be a part of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada since I set my sights on a career in orchestral music, but I never expected to be accepted on my first attempt,” 19-year-old trumpet player Justin Ko says.

 “One of the main reasons why I believe this happened is because of my involvement in the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, which gave me the friendly competition, mentorship, practical experience, and intensive environment necessary for me to grow into the musician and person that I am today.”

Fifteen year-old violist Angelina Sievers—whose two sisters also play in the TSYO—tells us: "Being accepted into the National Youth Orchestra means a great deal to me. I love orchestral playing, and my experience at the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra has prepared me for NYO by helping me grow in my ensemble playing and providing me with leadership opportunities within the Orchestra. I’m excited to learn and grow this summer at the NYO!"

Current TSYO members joining the NYO of Canada are Juliana Cao, Joey Machin, Donna Mahboubi, and Ian Ye (violin); Mobin Naeini, Angelina Sievers (viola); Yuna Lee (cello); Justin Ko (trumpet); and Mario Rodriguez McMillan (cello).

 TSYO Alumni joining the NYO this summer are: Evan Pyne, Rosaleen Ryel (violin); and, Samuel Kerr (percussion).  

Bravi to these accomplished musicians!

If you or someone you know wants to join the TSYO, applications to audition for the 2022/23 season open June 2022. Learn more here.