Beginning their 19th season, the Toledo International Youth Orchestra (TIYO) prides itself on being a different kind of orchestra. Members, ages 12-21 and representing 18 different schools in the Toledo metro, perform at multi-cultural charitable and community events all over Northwest Ohio to unifythe community through music.
Quinn Murphy, a junior from Sylvania Southview High School and third-year TIYO musician said, “I joined TIYO because I wanted an orchestra experience beyond my own school. TIYO is different than other orchestras because it gets to bring music from around the world to the community through events other than just concerts.”
Every year, TIYO members travel globally, connect with other youth orchestras, and share free, public musical performances with audiences in other countries. Recent international locations have included Canada, Ecuador and Ireland. Performances in Canada and South Africa are being planned for 2018.
One of the orchestra’s three conductors, Jay Welenc, was one of ten Ohio educators named teacher of the year for 2018.
“The conductors are wonderful and the music we play is fun”, said Carrie Clark, a senior from Toledo School for the Arts and four-year TIYO musician. “We travel all over the world to places most people only dream of going.”
Interested area musicians are invited to visit TIYO’s website for information on joining the orchestra. Rehearsals for the new season begin Tuesday, Sept. 12. A sample of TIYO’s popular symphonic repertoire can also be found on their website: www.tiyo.us/join-us.