Welcome to the
East Rand Youth Orchestra
Welcome to the East Rand Youth Orchestra (ERYO), where all can enjoy and foster a love for music.
The East Rand Youth Orchestra (ERYO) was founded to serve the community of the
East Rand through music.
The orchestra has served the community since 1978 by playing in churches, at fetes, shopping centres, outdoor events, school concerts and choir festivals. Furthermore the orchestra has played at a gradiuation ceremony for a private university and at various corporate events. In 1998 the orchestra was invited to perform in Madagscar and was the first symphony orchestra to visit Madagascar in 35 years. In 2005 ERYO visited Namibia and a large number of previously disadvantages communities were entertained and educated. In 2008 the orchestra won the Ekurhuleni Mayoral Award for the best musical production. In 2018 ERYO toured and performed in Swaziland and Sodwana Bay , where they entertained various town and city audiances.
The Vision of the Orchestra is to bring young musicians together to experience the joy of making music with friends, while developing their reading and playing skills to a professional level. We also have a development programme for learning musicians. We fund all this by raising support and giving fabulous concerts.
Mr Pienaar Fourie is the man who makes it all happen and he teaches violin on the East Rand.
Pienaar Fourie was born in Bloemfontein. He started violin lessons with Jack de Wet at the age of thirteen. Only two years later he appeared as a soloist with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra. At 15 he conducted the OFS Youth Orchestra for the first time.
Pienaar studied in Bloemfontein, Siena in Italy and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg under the supervisions of Herbert von Karajan. He was a lecturer at the University of Potchefstroom and a violinist in the SABC Symphony Orchestra. He also competed in conducting competitions in South Africa and France. In 1994 he obtained a Masters degree in Music (with distinction).
Our Members are aged between 8 and 25 years and stem from Bedfordview, Edenvale, Boksburg, Benoni, kempton Park, Daveyton and Springs. At present the orchestra has over 55 members. Of these members about 31% come from previously disadvantaged communities.