General Information

All SSYO players over eighteen years of age are members of the SSYO non-profit Corporation, although, a player can designate a parent or guardian to vote on their behalf. SSYO parents with children under eighteen automatically become members of the SSYO non-profit Corporation. The Corporation, through its Board of Directors, manages the affairs and business of the orchestra.

The Corporation meets in general session in September and May and at the discretion of the Board during the year. The Corporation is governed by a Board of Directors elected at the September Annual General Meeting. Working committees are established by the Board. Directors as needed.


Updated for 2017-2018 Season:

Players are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances. However, it is also understood that unavoidable conflicts do arise. Orchestra policy indicates that players who miss more than 20% of the rehearsals in the time period prior to a concert will not play in that concert. For instance, between the first September rehearsal and the Christmas concert, there are approximately thirteen rehearsals. Players who miss more than three rehearsals will not play in the Christmas concert unless Music Director, Al Denike, grants a special exemption. Such special exemptions will be granted only following discussion with Mr. Denike (306 586-3007). In this way, the Board hopes that all players will budget their time wisely recognizing the need to make SSYO rehearsals a significant priority in their schedules. Rehearsals start at the posted times. Prior to each rehearsal, players set up chairs and music stands, and warm up their instruments. Tuning takes place at two minutes prior to rehearsal. The required arrival time is fifteen minutes prior to each scheduled rehearsal. After rehearsal, the players are to stack chairs and music stands for storage. Attendance will be taken at each rehearsal. Players are expected to learn their parts at home. Rehearsals are for putting the parts together and developing musical interpretation.

Concert dress for men consists of formal long-sleeved black dress shirt, black tie, black dress pants, black socks and black shoes.

Concert dress for women consists of long-sleeved black blouse, black below-the-knee skirt or long black dress pants, black hose or socks and black dress shoes.

Student representatives to the Board will be selected each year at the Banff Symposium. Student representatives are invited to attend the monthly board meetings.

Parent Guidelines

The SSYO is a volunteer-run and non-profit corporation. The formal organization for managing this responsibility is discussed under Organization in the SSYO membership booklet. Members and/or parents/guardians are expected to participate in fundraising activities and other SSYO projects and activities and to attend general meetings of the SSYO. Involvement of many volunteers will keep the magnitude of time and effort required by any one person in the organization at a reasonable level.

Anticipated SSYO events and activities will be outlined at the first general members meeting on September 19, 2016 at Knox Metropolitan Church. Members and parents/guardians are encouraged to share their experience and expertise with the SSYO. Members are responsible for payment of fees and levies with parents/guardians expected to provide support for their members, especially when they are under the age of eighteen.


Sept 2017- The SSYO is in need of a fundraising coordinator. Please connect with the Board in person or via email if you wish to take this need project on as your contribution to SSYO's success.

The orchestra's core program is funded primarily through annual membership fees, sponsorships, and grants. A principal objective of the orchestra's fundraising program is to offset the cost to participating families in relation to festivals and tours not covered in the orchestra's core program.

In the past, bingos were the primary fundraising activity of the Orchestra. However, due to declining profitability and participation, we are instituting a new fundraiser on a trial basis. "FundScrip" allows our members to purchase gift cards for products they are interested in while raising funds for the SSYO and themselves. New fundraising initiatives are established depending on members' interest in volunteering to lead fundraising activities.

Upcoming Events

May 12, 2018 8:00 - 10:30 pm

RSO/SSYO Saturday Evening Concert

Conexus Arts Centre

May 20, 2018 1:00 - 4:00 pm

SSYO Concerto Competition

Knox Metropolitan United Church

June 1, 2018 7:00 - 10:00 pm

SSYO and the Paraguay Youth Orchestra

Living Hope Alliance Church 3900 Arcola Ave E

June 9, 2018 12:00 - 12:00 am

Season Finale Concert

Knox Metropolitan United Church