The Association des orchestres de jeunes du Québec (AOJQ – the Association of Quebec Youth Orchestras) was born from the need to establish direct links between orchestras, and to stimulate musical development, training and education among youth. It helps to promote the development of new orchestras and the achievement of high standards in its member orchestras.

Bruno Conti
Maestro Bruno Conti, Festival 2012 

Our mission

The mission of the AOJQ is to bring together youth orchestras duly incorporated in Quebec in order to offer administrative support to their volunteers and training activities to young developing musicians.

Our activities

The most important activity of the AOJQ is the Quebec Festival of Youth Orchestras, a biennial event where orchestras from every region of Quebec and from elsewhere in Canada and abroad work together intensively for three days under the direction of renowned international guest conductors. The Festival takes place during the Easter weekend on alternate years. The public is welcome to attend the Festival concerts. In 2014 and 2016 the Festival's gala concert was held in the Maison symphonique de Montréal.

During the summers of 2011 and 2012 small ensembles from member orchestras of the AOJQ gave mini-concerts on Sunday afternoons in the bandstand of Masson Park, opposite Collège Saint-Sacrement in Terrebonne.

Since 2013, the AOJQ has presented performances of small ensembles as a part of the Festival de Lanaudière, the largest classical music festival in Canada. The ensembles performed at the main entrance and near the Bistro SAQ in the Fernand-Lindsay Amphitheatre.

Click here for photos of the small ensembles' performances.