Welcome To The Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra

The Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra was formed and registered as a non-profit Society in 1971 by five music loving Delta citizens: Harry Gomez, Fred Preuss, Charles Glushka, Anita Sleeman, and Aileen Docherty.
Under the musical direction of Mr. Harry Gomez, a well-known music teacher and conductor of youth orchestras, the orchestra started in 1971 with 36 players.

Over the course of the last 40 years the orchestra has continued and in spring 2013 we changed our name to the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra to reflect the growing membership from the City of Richmond. In September 2014 we moved all our rehearsals to Richmond BC.  In Spring of 2015 we started the new Junior wind division as a chamber group, and it has grown to become a concert band program in itself.

In September 2015 we began a new Intermediate String division and a new beginning string class in January 2016.

Our Orchestral Divisions

This ensemble is a full symphony introducing winds brass and percussion Musicians are recommended to be at Grade VIII RCM level and above, sectional leaders and principle players must be at a higher level. Entrance into the ensemble is by audition only. Orchestral seating is by audition only. All members must be taking private lessons on their orchestral instrument. Students also will participate in an intensive chamber music and sectional rehearsal program designed to train young musicians in orchestra performance. Please see our audition guidelines for playing requirements.
Rehearsal time:  Saturdays 9:30am – 12 noon. Music Director – Stephen Robb.

This is a String Orchestra with an emphasis on works from the Baroque and Classical Period.   This is for young string players RCM Grades VI – IX depending on age and maturity.

Rehearsals: Saturdays 9:30 – 11:45 am

This is an intermediate level ensemble for wind, brass and percussion players in the orchestral training program. The Senior Winds  provides training in playing in a wind group where there are only one or two players on a part. Members in this division may also be in the Symphony orchestra in some cases.Students are required to audition for membership. See audition guidelines for details. Senior and Junior winds also combine to form the Concert Winds
Rehearsal time:  Saturdays 12:30pm – 2:00 pm

Members of the new Intermediate Strings have previous ensemble experience. Members are now playing basic string orchestra repertoire. RCM level Grades IV – VII

Rehearsals: Saturdays 9:30 – 11:15 am

Members of the Junior Strings have previous ensemble experience. Members are now playing basic string orchestra repertoire. RCM level Grades III – V.

Rehearsals: Saturdays 12:30 – 2 pm

Introductory Wind and Brass ensemble, for students with at least one or two years of school band experience. By audition.

Rehearsals: Saturdays 12:30 – 2 pm

This is a beginning violin string class, run in collaboration with the City of Richmond. Instructor: Alvin Tran.

Our Mission and Purpose

  • To encourage young musicians to learn more about themselves through their music.
  • To provide a high quality of musical training in orchestral and ensemble settings.
  • To provide all members equal benefits and opportunities to develop musically.
  • To provide a graduated program that increases musical expectations from pre junior to senior levels.
  • To provide a balanced musical education as a member of an orchestra, chamber ensemble, or soloist.
  • To promote an understanding of orchestral music in our communities.


Chamber Music

Students from the Intermezzi and Symphony are welcome to participate in the chamber groups which are organized at the beginning of the season where playing abilities and instrument combinations are matched.

trios, quartets, and beyond

 Our chamber music program includes bi-weekly rehearsals with coaching, and several performances during the year. Chamber groups are quite active in the musical community, and are available to entertain at special functions..


Each division performs regularly throughout the year, and performance is an integral part of our program. We perform at various locations in Delta, Richmond and Vancouver during the concert season.

Concerts, master classes, tours

 We feature all-division concerts twice per year involving all our students, as well a “classical cabaret” fund raising concert, also concerts for the symphony division and concerts for our chamber music and other orchestras.

Concerto Competition

Each year the Delta Symphony Society sponsors a Concerto Competition for members of the RDYO Junior, Wind, Intermezzi and Symphony divisions to compete and participate in.

Featuring our Members

A winner is chosen for each division  and those students are then selected to perform a concerto with one of the orchestras.  Students receiving honourable mention may be given this opportunity as well, if programming permits.

RDYO gratefully acknowledges the financial support provided by the City of Richmond’s Arts and Culture Operating Grant program. and the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.