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L to R – Michael Buczkowski, Adelaide Sanchez, Amber Lee, Dylan Sanchez, Kevin Belvedere, Emma Moskalyk, Maya Grittani & Brayden Mitchell

The purpose of this program is:

  • To support the development of young musicians in the Halton area
  • To find and develop new players for the orchestra
  • To encourage cultural diversity in the youth of the community

The purpose of the YOUNG ARTIST AWARDS is to stimulate the interest of young people by creating opportunities for them to develop their skills by playing with the orchestra. In turn, their participation helps the orchestra to achieve its objective of continuous improvement of the symphonic sound. Each student receives a bursary of $1,500 (see sponsorship page).


Named in honour of the orchestra’s founding musical director, the Kenneth Hollier Award was introduced in the year 2000 to recognize promising young artists. It is available to string players and non-string players in alternate years. Congratulations to the 2019-2020 winner: Maya Grittani.


The Developing Artist Awards were introduced to recognize the talents of other competitors for the Kenneth Hollier Award. They are given at the discretion of the judges. Congratulations to the 2019-2020 winners: Sofia Moniz (violin) and Nahvid Zolfaghari (cello)

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