National Youth Orchestra
For more than fifty years, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada has enjoyed an iconic reputation as Canada’s orchestral finishing school, providing the most comprehensive and in-depth training program available to our country’s best young classical musicians. As the bridge between music education and a music career, NYOC 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 the NYOC than any other institute or university. Approximately one third of Canadian professional orchestral musicians are alumni of the NYOC. Each year, NYOC 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 NYOC fans and classical music lovers worldwide.
Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1930 by an amateur flautist, VYSO has been British Columbia’s premier training orchestra for nearly a century. From the beginning ensemble player to the most advanced, the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra (VYSO) has a long, proud history of providing young musicians with the highest possible standard of orchestral training. Today, the VYSO is recognized throughout Greater Vancouver for its excellent multi-level orchestral training program. Many former VYSO musicians launch into acclaimed musical careers, proudly representing Vancouver on the local, national, and international stage. And many of our 285 VYSO musicians will follow in their footsteps.
It’s VYSO’s mission to nurture and develop young musicians, both artistically and as individuals. We provide young musicians with the opportunity to discover, explore, and realize their potential in a” secure yet challenging environment.
Violin, cello, or trombone, sometimes you just need to shine alone. For musicians who aim to develop as soloists, we conduct annual concerto competitions. Winners receive the opportunity to perform as concert soloists with their orchestra. We are firmly committed to keeping our program accessible, regardless of financial constraints. The VYSO’s year-round fundraising efforts ensure that tuition fees remain affordable. And we’re hugely grateful to the many generous donors in our community who help us keep this commitment.