The Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra is a professional orchestral preparation program for young musicians, providing instruction and performance opportunities in an ensemble setting. Founded in 1971, the Delta Youth Orchestra operated in Ladner for more than 40 years. In 2013, the Orchestra changed its name to the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra to reflect its growing membership from the City of Richmond. Today, RDYO comprises eight divisions and enrolls over 160 young musicians from all over Metro Vancouver.
Faculty and Staff
Symphony and Winds Division Conductor
Stephen is a graduate of Queen’s University, McGill University, and the University of British Columbia. He has been with the RDYO since 1990, starting as a woodwind coach, then becoming a staff conductor in 1995. Stephen is an accomplished clarinetist, performing both classical chamber music and jazz idioms.
Chamber Music Coach, Senior Strings Conductor
Jonathan is a violinist, conductor, chamber musician, and church organist who has given chamber and solo recitals in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, New York, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Jonathan joined RDYO in 2002. Jonathan has a master’s degree in violin performance from Indiana University.
Junior Strings Conductor
Bo holds a Bachelor of Music in cello performance from the University of North Texas, a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and a Performer’s Diploma from Indiana University. Bo joined RDYO in 2016, conducting our Junior Strings division.
Intermediate Strings Conductor
Manti is a violist and a much sought-after musician as a soloist, orchestral musician, and chamber music collaborator. He is currently principal violist with the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra. Manti joined RDYO in 2017.
Nicola is a pianist and arts administrator and holds a Masters in Collaborative Piano from the University of Manitoba. She works in opera and musical theatre, is a private piano and voice teacher, and is the Executive Director of Living Room Live. Nicola joined RDYO in 2021 as the Orchestra Manager.
Janie recently completed her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Victoria. Janie serves as RDYO’s Orchestra Administrator.
Mission and Purpose
- To provide high quality musical education for youth in orchestral and ensemble settings.
- To encourage young musicians to learn more about themselves through their music.
- To provide all members equal benefits and opportunities to develop musically.
- To provide a graduated program that increases musical expectation from beginner to advanced levels.
- To provide a balanced musical education including orchestral, chamber, and soloist opportunities.
- To promote understanding and appreciation of orchestral music in our communities through public performances.
The Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra is operated by the BC Youth Music Society, a not-for-profit society registered in the Province of British Columbia. The Board of Directors conducts the day-to-day business of RDYO, including fundraising, managing facilities and inventory, maintaining the music library, hiring musical and administrative staff, and planning the orchestral season of rehearsals and concerts in conjunction with the musical staff.
All RDYO families are encouraged to be active in the Society. Members of the community who are interested in RDYO and its operations, and who wish to be involved in the Board of Directors, are asked to submit a resume and cover letter to the President of the Board of Directors firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors
President: Dean Markel
Past President: Sarah Xie
Vice-President: Daniel Sheinin
Vice-President: Charles Leung
Secretary: Greta Cornejo
Treasurer: Cindy Liu
Directors at Large: