Our Story

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Our program began with an inspiring experience working with young musicians in a professional orchestra setting. In 2010, Lions Gate Sinfonia and Music Director Clyde Mitchell launched a project to select piano students through an audition process and prepare them for a staged performance with our professional orchestral musicians. The young pianists received a week-long learning opportunity to prepare their performance with a professional ensemble. They were coached on the process that professional musicians go through to make live music for an audience. The performance was astonishing and the transformation in each of the young performers was immense. 

Following on this success, we began exploring ways to create this kind of experience for more young musicians. The resulting program is Lions Gate Youth Orchestra, which provides ongoing connection between young musicians and their professional mentors.

This relationship elevates the basic youth orchestra experience through direct insights into the professional realm. On the foundation of musical training and mentorship, we also focus on leadership and teamwork development.  

Join Us

Lions Gate Youth Orchestra offers programs for students from 13 to 19 years of age. Rehearsals and coaching sessions take place at Handsworth Secondary School, with performances at community venues and professional theatres across the North Shore. The professional musicians of Lions Gate Sinfonia serve as mentors to our young musicians, with multiple joint performance opportunities throughout the year. Tuition fees include all rehearsals, performances, mentorship, and an annual retreat. 

Upcoming Auditions

Lions Gate Sinfonia 2019/20 Audition

We are welcoming new musicians for our 2019/20 season. Join our friendly and welcoming North Shore youth orchestra NOW.

Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from September to May at Handsworth Secondary School. Register now to book your auditions while places are still available.




LGYO Audition Process

The audition process for members is an important part of the learning experience we offer students. We want to get to know both the students playing abilities as well as their personalities. We are looking to build a dynamic group of young people who possess the ability to collaborate and work towards common goals.