RDYO is closely monitoring the current situation with the COVID-19 virus in our community. As of now, all upcoming rehearsals and concerts are cancelled indefinitely. Stay tuned for updates, and stay safe!

Come out to a rehearsal and see what RDYO is about. Bring your instrument and join in with us on one of our Open Rehearsal days.
All prospective members of the orchestra must audition. Members of the strings and Symphony Orchestra divisions are expected to be enrolled in private lessons.

Why audition for RDYO?

  • Performance opportunities throughout Metro Vancouver
  • Networking with professional musicians
  • Workshops and master classes
  • Bursaries for those in need
  • Concerto competition
  • Scholarship competition
  • Opportunity to meet other youth who share your passion for music

Selecting an Ensemble

Many parents and musicians ask us which division they should audition for, and when they should consider moving up to the next division. Each division’s minimum musicianship levels are based on Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) grade levels. Orchestra members are not required to participate in the RCM examination system, but should consult their music teacher to confirm their level. The age and grade levels noted are guidelines only. Conductors will consider age, maturity level, and previous ensemble experience when assigning musicians to a division. For more information on the audition process, please consult our FAQ.

Beginner Violin Program

Are you interested in trying out violin lessons for your child? The City of Richmond’s Arts Centre offers violin lessons for children in group, semi-private, and private formats. Professional instructors are provided by the Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra, ensuring a warm and friendly environment. Lessons include a program of technical study (scales and studies), repertoire, and basic music theory. Students who successfully complete these levels are eligible to audition for RDYO’s Junior Strings Division. More: https://www.richmond.ca/culture/about/guide.htm