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The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra is dedicated to providing a high-level orchestral experience and fostering the potential of youth in the province.

Lead by internationally-acclaimed Music Director Dinuk Wijeratne, the Orchestra performs concerts across Nova Scotia, from Lunenburg to New Glasgow.

Fast Facts

  • The Orchestra has over 35 musicians aged 12–26 who live across Nova Scotia
  • Performs six to eight concerts across the province, including a joint concert with Symphony Nova Scotia
  • Founded in 1976

  • Alumni network of over 800 musicians
  • Employs two permanent staff, plus a large volunteer network
  • Registered Charitable Organization
  • Two major fundraisers per year

What Our Past & Present Musicians Say

Kelvin Mansaray

“The spirited humour of the orchestra members that goes hand in hand with the disciplined work we do has been one of my favorite things about my experience.”

Kelvin Mansaray, NSYO Musician, Violin

Laura Chan

“The amount of love and effort that the NSYO musicians demonstrate in concert and rehearsal exemplifies the importance of music in formative years and beyond.”

Laura Chan, NSYO Alumni, Trombone

India Gailey

“Music is about human connectedness, so having a little society in Nova Scotia that helps young people discover that is really powerful.”

India Gailey, NSYO Alumni, Cello

Craig Landry

“I can confidently say that without the NSYO and the spark it created, I would never have experienced one of the most important journeys of my life, and the wonderful and profound lessons it shared with me.”

Craig Landry, NSYO Alumni, Viola
President, Air Canada Leisure Group

Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra
6199 Chebucto Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3L 1K7
(902) 423-5984