The purpose of the SYO shall be to provide a program of musical development and training for young musicians and to promote instrumental skills and character development through a wide range of ensemble and orchestral experiences.
The goals of the SYO shall be:
To encourage players to strive for excellence in musical performance.
To provide a wide range of musical experiences including a broad repertoire.
To encourage, promote and develop the acquisition of musical knowledge and skills as a foundation for professional and/or a vocational performance in later years.
To instill in players a healthy attitude toward group music-making including acceptance of others, willingness to contribute to the success of the group, loyalty to the group and high standards in group achievement.
To engage in community service by performing at community functions and representing the community at regional, provincial, national and international events.
To co-operate with other musical organizations.
About SASKATOON YOUTH ORCHESTRA INC
The Saskatoon Youth Orchestra (SYO) was established in 1958 by Murray Adaskin as the Saskatoon Junior Symphony. The current organization dates from 1983, when Wayne Toews and George Charpentier worked with a committee of parents to develop an independent incorporated organization. The SYO consists of three programs. The Saskatoon Youth Orchestra is a full orchestra for players aged 12 to 25, directed by Richard Carnegie. The organization also has a string orchestra for young players called the Saskatoon Strings, directed by Bernadette Wilson, and a Double Bass program. Members study privately and audition for membership.