An outstanding performance by members of the Richmond/Delta Youth Orchestra won several national awards at the recent Musicfest Canada competition.
The Junior Strings received first place for the National Gold Standard, conductor Bo Peng received the NAC’s Best Music Director Award, and music director Stephen Robb received a record editing award – the second time he received this honor.
“It’s outstanding performance,” Peng said. “As a director and conductor, I marvel at their [the students] concentration, dedication and endurance to achieve these beautiful productions.
Peng said the pandemic has created a host of challenges for the community’s youth orchestra – namely lack of rehearsal spaces, performance opportunities and funding.
“Even over the past couple of years, we, like other youth orchestras, have struggled with Zoom rehearsals, which has made it extremely difficult to create music,” he said. “Fortunately, we had some great parents and students who were willing to sacrifice their spring break for this competition.
“We spent two Saturdays in March making this amazing competition video at Ladner’s Genesis Theater which was judged and won us the awards. It’s so rewarding for the students and parents to see all their hard work bear fruit. its fruits.
The RDYO is operated by the BC Youth Music Society, a registered charity.
Since 1971, the RDYO has offered a professional orchestral preparation program for young musicians. The orchestra offers a type of musical education that is not usually available to children and young people – teaching and performance opportunities in an ensemble setting. For many young people, the RDYO is as much a social as an educational opportunity, as young musicians can meet other young people who share their passion for music.
The orchestra currently serves approximately 160 young musicians between the ages of 6 and 25 in a leveled program ranging from Junior Strings and Junior Winds to Symphony.
The young musicians come from various communities in Metro Vancouver, including Richmond, Delta, Burnaby, Vancouver, Surrey, New Westminster, North Delta and White Rock.
Throughout its nearly 50 years of operation, the RDYO has steadily grown and developed under the direction of a stable Board of Directors and musical staff.