The Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (HPYO) is the foremost student-based symphony orchestra in the Greater Hamilton Region and is the flagship education program of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Founded by Glenn Malloryin 1965, the HPYO has given the joy of orchestral music to hundreds of young people and has delighted thousands of audience members. Graduates of the orchestra are involved in professional and community orchestras across Canada, in the United States and in Europe.  

In addition to performing regular local concerts, the orchestra has performed as far afield as Banff, Moosonee, New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Huntsville, Alabama and Northampton, England. The HPYO continues Dr. Mallory’s legacy of extraordinary music education. 

Learn more about Glenn Mallory’s legacy (link to Glenn Mallory community story) 


Education: High-quality learning and skill-building opportunities 

Public performance: Participation in concerts and special events  

Community service: Opportunities to engage in community service 

Guiding Principles 

Access: We believe in providing opportunities for student musicians from all backgrounds and circumstances. 

Partnership: We believe in the power of collaboration and shared responsibility to advance mutual goals. 

Growth: We believe in pursuing managed growth to serve our community and achieve our mission.