West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra

A rich, diversified and high-calibre repertoire

- regular season consisting of three concerts
- several free concerts for the benefit of the community
- musical camps, excursions, and collaborations
- concerto competition
- AOJQ Festivals participant

The WIYSO consists of a Symphony Orchestra for musicians between the ages of 14 and 25, a String Orchestra for youth aged 9 to 16, and several small ensembles, such as string trios and quartets, a wind ensemble and a brass quintet.


Bring together young musicians within an orchestral ensemble and enable them to perfect their music under the direction of a professional conductor.


Promote classical music and share enriching musical experiences with the community.

Core values

  • Respect

  • Acceptance

  • Performance

  • Open-mindedness

  • Development

Administrative Team

  • President and AOJQ Representative: Michel Joron

  • Vice-President and Interim Secretary : Christine Hiller

  • Treasurer: Tony Pattinson

  • Directors: Geoff Mitchell, George Sew

  • Musician Representatives: Isaac Lefebvre, Violet Webster

  • String Musician Representatives: Karen Gordon, Anna Likht

  • Artistic Director and Conductor: David Martin

  • Musical Director and String Orchestra Conductor: Jean Ai Seow

The Board of Directors is composed of dedicated volunteers who are elected at the Annual General Meeting by members of the WIYSO.


The West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra (WIYSO) celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015.  The Orchestra was founded in 1985 at the urging of the mayors from several West Island municipalities, and with the assistance of the Conseil des Arts de Montréal.  Carole Corman was the first conductor.  Since then, the Orchestra has been led by Véronique Lacroix, Giuseppe Pietraroia and Stewart Grant.  In May 2017, David Martin was handed the baton as our new Artistic Director and Conductor.