About the SSYO


Early History: The South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra (SSYO) began in 1976 as a group of forty young musicians under the sponsorship of the Regina Symphony Orchestra.

Today: The SSYO is in its 41st season. The award-winning orchestra has fifty members, but its purpose remains the same. With a commitment to excellence, the SSYO offers talented students from all over Southern Saskatchewan an orchestral experience - the opportunity to rehearse, perform, travel, and make lasting friendships with other young people who love music.

How to Join: Membership is by audition, and the present roster includes members from Stoney Beach, Weyburn, Lumsden, Emerald Park and Regina. Many SSYO members have gone on to join the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and other professional orchestras across Canada.

Musical Directors

Alan Denike
Musical Director/Conductor

Alan Denike was the Principal Bassoonist in the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the Regina Symphony Chamber Players from 1974 to 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree and a Performer’s Certificate in Bassoon Performance from the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York, and a Masters Degree in Conducting from the University of Regina.

Alan was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, in a musical home where his father was a well-known music educator and his mother a pianist. By age 17 he was playing bassoon professionally in the Victoria Symphony.

Since taking up the position of Music Director/Conductor with the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra (SSYO) in 1989, he has helped the orchestra grow from 45 to as many as 80 musicians. He has guided the orchestra in festivals at Orlando (1991), Montreal (1995), Banff (1996 and 1998), Aberdeen, Scotland (2000), Chicago (2002), Ottawa(2004), Vienna and Salzburg (2006), and Niagara Falls (2008). Since 2009, the SSYO has been regularly invited to the Youth Orchestra Symposium held in Banff. The SSYO has produced three CDs and toured Saskatchewan in 1997 to celebrate its 20th Anniversary.

In 2007, Alan was awarded the Arts Management Award from the City of Regina’s Mayor’s Arts and Business Awards and in 2015, was awarded the Orchestral Development Award from the Saskatchewan Orchestral Association.

Alan has conducted the Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) on numerous occasions over the last 25 years. He is also conducted both the University of Regina Chamber Orchestra and University of Regina Band. Since 2015, Alan has often concerted the RSO Kids Concerts.

Alan’s wife, Janice is a well-respected pianist and teacher. His hobbies include stamp collecting and golfing.

Rudolf Sternadel
Assistant Director/Librarian

Born in Prague, Czech Republic, Rudolf Sternadel started violin lessons at the age of five. In 1980, he moved to Canada, where he began lessons under Professor David Zafer, completing his Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto in 1991. He then enrolled at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he studied violin with Professor Vaclav Snitil and chamber music with Professor Lubomir Kostecky of the Smetana Quartet.

During his stay in Europe, Rudolf also toured Germany and Italy as a member of the RIAS Jugendorchester, Berlin and participated in several chamber music seminars. Upon returning to Canada, he enrolled at the University of Toronto, completing his Master of Music degree in September, 1994 under the tutelage of Professor Lorand Fenyves.

Until October of 2000, he was involved in numerous freelance and chamber music activities in Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Currently, Rudolf is the head of the Child/Parent String Program at the Regina Conservatory of Performing Arts, and is a member of the Regina Symphony.

Upcoming Events


September 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:00 am

Auditions for the 2017/18 season

Knox Metropolitan United Church

September 11, 2017 6:30 - 9:00 pm

First Rehearsal of the Season

Knox Metropolitan United Church

November 9 - 13, 2017

Youth Orchestra Symposium @ The Banff Centre

The Banff Centre, Banff, AB

December 10, 2017 12:00 - 12:00 am

SSYO Christmas Brunch and Concert

Conexus Arts Centre

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