About Our Charity
NYO Canada's mission is to recruit the best young classical musicians ages 16-28 from across the country and prepare them for careers as professional orchestral musicians with leading orchestras in Canada and around the world. Each year, NYO Canada auditions more than 500 musicians for 90-100 positions in the orchestra for our annual summer training institute at Wilfrid Laurier University, a national concert tour with performances in some of the country’s finest concert halls, and a professional recording session at McGill University’s studios.
Training with NYO Canada bridges the gap between music education and professional classical music careers. More than one-third of Canada’s professional orchestral musicians are alumni of NYO. Our alumni are members of major orchestras such as the Vancouver Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Edmonton Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company and others around the world.