HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s spring season begins April 2 with the return of live programming after two successful online seasons. Rehearsals take place at McMaster University’s Togo Salmon Hall under the direction of Guest Conductor Jeffrey Pollock and with coaching from HPO musicians.  

Pollock, who conducts the orchestra’s rehearsals and a concert at L.R. Wilson Hall on June 18, is known for his musical versatility and currently serves as Music Director of Sinfonia Ancaster. Chosen by the League of American Orchestras as a featured conductor for their prestigious National Conductor Preview, Pollock has performed with orchestras across North America including the Detroit, Houston, Nashville, Cleveland Chamber and Charlotte Symphonies in the US and the Windsor Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Niagara Symphony and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Canada. 

“We are thrilled to welcome HPYO musicians back to live programming and looking forward to the season ahead,” said HPO Executive Director Kim Varian. “As the flagship education program of the HPO, we are excited to continue to grow the HPYO’s presence and impact in our community.” 
All staff and musicians taking part in HPYO’s live programming must adhere to the McMaster University’s Health and Safety protocol.  

This HPYO season is supported by the City of Hamilton and incite Foundation for the Arts. 

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About the HPO: The Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra consists of more than 100 young musicians ranging in age from 12 to 24. Admission is by audition. In addition to rehearsing challenging orchestral repertoire, musicians receive regular coaching and mentoring from the professional musicians of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. 

The HPYO presents three concerts per season, with each full-length performance featuring different orchestral repertoire. Every December, HPYO musicians also perform side-by-side with the HPO and a guest conductor on stage at FirstOntario Concert Hall. This exciting collaboration highlights the mentorship our young musicians receive from professional HPO musicians. HPYO members may also perform in various outreach concerts as opportunities arise.  

History of the HPYO: 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 Mallory in 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.   

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