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The Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (HPYO) and Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) have officially merged, effective July 1. 2021. See messages from the HPO and HPYO leadership regarding this merger below.

“The HPO and HPYO share mutual values and objectives – to nurture a thriving youth orchestra and music education program in Hamilton. This merger is a natural fit for both organizations.” Steve Lloyd, HPO Board Chair

“The HPO is thrilled to welcome the HPYO into the organization as its flagship music education program. This merger is an excellent opportunity to strengthen capacity, serve talented young musicians and raise public awareness of music education in the region. We are grateful for the leadership and support shown by previous HPO management and HPYO and HPO boards. This merger is a joint endeavor and represents years of dedicated effort to strengthen the legacy of the HPYO as a foremost youth orchestra in the region.” – Kim Varian, HPO Executive Director

“The decision to merge the HPYO with the HPO was taken with great care and consultation with members. We have a strong history as partners and we both see the benefits of combining resources for the long-term success and sustainability of music education programming for youth in Hamilton.” – Susan Birnie, Co-Chair of the HPYO Board

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