Why audition for the NSYO?

The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra provides both orchestral and communal experiences for the young musicians in our province.

The orchestral experience is unique in that ensemble playing allows musicians to interact with music in a new and engaging level. At the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, the high-level repertoire as well as the communal effort and dedication involved in each performance will be an exciting challenge for all players.

The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra has established itself as an organization of high quality and is recognized nation-wide. This allows us to work with excellent people from across Canada. You’ll have the opportunity to work with our Juno award-winning conductor, Dinuk Wijeratne, and professionals from Symphony Nova Scotia – as coaches.

Last but not least, the NSYO is a place to find common ground between individuals, to make connections with fellow musicians who share the same interests, and to meet people who can introduce you to new interests.

We are proud to be representing the youth of our province and welcome you to join us on our journey into music.


Professional performing opportunities both locally and regionally

Networking with industry professionals

Participation in special workshops and masterclasses

Exclusive opportunity to train with an award winning Composer/Music Director

Opportunity to perform alongside internationally-acclaimed guest artists

Opportunity to apply for bursaries (for those in financial need)

Opportunity to meet and work with equally talented young musicians

Lifetime pride of being a distinguished alumni of the orchestra


Tuition: $550.00 (entire season)

General Auditions

Each year, the NSYO holds auditions for entrance into the orchestra. These auditions are done by video, consisting of a short solo, scales, study and orchestral excerpts. To view the individual instrument requirements, download the following PDF:

The auditions are open to all musicians between age 12 and 26, and are judged by a panel consisting of the Music Director and the appropriate instrument coaches. NSYO members must be full-time students.

A $25.00 non-refundable fee must be included with the application form. Applications must be received by the NSYO office no later than May 1, 2018.

The video audition can either be a DVD or preferably a file privately uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo or another online file-hosting software. For more information, please contact the NSYO.

If you haven’t received an answer within two weeks of your audition video submission, please email amy@novascotiayouthorchestra.com.

The application deadline for 2018-2019 season is May 1, 2018.