The Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra Spring Concert

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra presents
The Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra Spring Concert

(Kelowna, BC, April 25, 2018) – The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is excited to present The Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra (OSYO) in its annual spring concert.

Founded in 1988 by Imant Raminsh, the OSYO is in its 29th season and features 80 students from throughout the Okanagan Valley.  Under the direction of Dennis Colpitts and Rosemary Thomson, the OSYO came under the umbrella of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra in 2012.  “These students learn at the speed of lightning,” says co-director Dennis Colpitts, “and we are really looking forward to sharing their wonderful talents on stage next week.”

The OSYO provides a rigorous orchestral education for advanced music students in the Okanagan.  Through this program students come from as far north as White Lake and as far south as Keremeos to rehearse together weekly.  An overnight rehearsal camp in the fall and an annual Side by Side experience in the OSO Masterworks series are part of this program.  Students are also featured as concerto soloists and composers on the OSYO annual fall and spring concert programs.

The OSYO Spring Concert will feature violinists Emily Traversy playing the 2nd and 3rd movements of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Libby Wise performing the 1st movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5.  Chris Dlouhy, who plays clarinet in the orchestra will be featured as piano soloist for the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

“One of the special opportunities for these students is the chance to compose for orchestra and to hear their pieces performed,” says Rosemary Thomson.  “We are the only Youth Orchestra in the country to offer this and we have heard some magical compositions over the years.”  This Spring Concert will feature new works by students Joel Casson and Leif Jack.

The students will finish this exhilarating performance with Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8.

Performance and ticket information are as follows:


  • Vernon – Saturday, May 5 at 3:00pm – Trinity United Church in Vernon (3300 Alexis Park Drive)
    • At the door or Kelowna Tickets 888.974.9170
  • Penticton – Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 pm – Cleland Theatre in Penticton (325 Power St.)
    • At the door or Kelowna Tickets 888.974.9170
  • Kelowna – Sunday, May 6 at 7:00 pm – First Lutheran Church in Kelowna (4091 Lakeshore Rd.)
    • At the door or Kelowna Tickets 250.862.2867

Tickets for all shows also available online at

The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is the third largest professional symphony orchestra in British Columbia, entertaining residents of the Okanagan Valley and visitors from around the globe with symphonic music since 1960. To learn more about the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra visit their website at or follow us at

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