National Youth Orchestra

As the bridge between music education and a music career, NYO Canada trains well-rounded and skilled orchestral musicians who are able to thrive in a variety of performance environments.

More performers in Canada’s professional orchestras are alumni of NYO Canada than any other institute or university. Approximately one third of Canadian professional orchestral musicians are alumni of NYO Canada. Each year, NYO Canada auditions about five hundred students between the ages of 16 and 28. From those auditions, we select 90-100 of Canada’s most promising young orchestral musicians to participate in our summer training institute, where they will benefit from rigorous individual, sectional, chamber and orchestral instruction; training in health and injury prevention; and workshops ranging from audition techniques to the skills required to market one’s musical career. The institute culminates in a cross-country tour with performances in Canada’s most prestigious concert halls, as well as a session in a state of-the-art recording studio at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, with the audio available for sale to NYO Canada fans and classical music lovers worldwide.

NYO Canada is proud to host Canada’s only summer institute that offers a comprehensive training program, concert tour, and recording session to participants with no tuition required. Each student chosen from auditions is supported by scholarship funding provided by NYO Canada’s generous donors.