Nova Scotia’s Finest Symphony of Young People
The NSYO provides a high-level orchestral experience for talented young full-time students aged 12 and up. Since 1976, the orchestra has performed hundreds of concerts and has over 800 alumni across the world.
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Experience Terry Riley's 'In C' with Dinuk Wijeratne, Kevork Mourad, and the NSYO.
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Learn more about our upcoming concerts, including a joint concert with Symphony Nova Scotia and a showcase of the best in opera.
Audition For Our 40th
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.
- 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
“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
“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
“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
“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
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