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.
 

Mission

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

Vision

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

Core values

  • Respect
  • Acceptance
  • Performance
  • Open-mindedness
  • Development
     

Administrative Team

  • President: Michel Joron
  • Vice-President: Christine Hiller
  • Secretary/AOJQ Representative: Sonya Cayer
  • Treasurer: Belinda Hummel
  • Directors: Enrique Diaz-Jolly, Geoff Mitchell, George Sew, Rich Stoelzel
  • Musician Representatives: Bryanna Pilkington, Violet Webster
  • String Musician Representative: Karen Gordon
  • Artistic Director and Conductor: David Martin
The Board of Directors is composed of dedicated volunteers who are elected at the Annual General Meeting by members of the WIYSO.

History

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.

 
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