NEW Conductor Fellowship launched by Symphony Nova Scotia

Halifax/K’jipuktuk, NS – Symphony Nova Scotia is proud to launch the Bernhard Gueller Conductor Fellowship during its 40th season in honour of Symphony Nova Scotia Music Director Laureate Bernhard Gueller.

The Fellowship, offered every two years, provides a Canadian conductor in the early stages of their career the opportunity to work with a professional orchestra. Learning to effectively communicate with the musicians and audience, as well as balance the Symphony’s many instruments, are key skills that can be achieved through mentorship and practice.

Fellows will also engage with off-podium experiences that could include staff meetings, in-school visits, adult enrichment programs, community engagement, and/or patron benefit events.

The selected candidate will work under the guidance and mentorship of Bernhard Gueller, Principal Guest Conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director of Symphony Nova Scotia from 2002 to 2018. The finalist may also be selected to conduct a Symphony Nova Scotia concert program in a future season.

Bernhard conducted our orchestra for 16 years, growing it into one of Canada’s most innovative and creative ensembles,” says Symphony CEO Chris Wilkinson. “It’s an honour to have Bernhard himself launch this program that generous donors endowed as part of his legacy.”

(Gueller) is a favoured conductor of both of players and audiences, undoubtedly because of his carefully prepared but always musically rewarding performances” (Weekend Special). He is acclaimed by musicians, critics, and audiences for his musical purity.

The Fellowship will run November 11 to 18, 2023 in Halifax/K’jipuktuk, NS. The selected candidate will participate in masterclasses with both Bernhard Gueller and the Symphony’s Music Director Holly Mathieson. They will also attend Symphony rehearsals, as well as the concert Bernhard Conducts Beethoven & Mahler on November 16, 2023 at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.

To learn more about the Bernhard Gueller Conductor Fellowship, visit

About Symphony Nova ScotiaSymphony Nova Scotia (Music Director: Holly Mathieson) is Nova Scotia’s orchestra, championing symphonic music in the province for 40 years. With a home base in Halifax/K’jipuktuk and performances across the province, Symphony Nova Scotia is proud to be a vibrant, vital part of Nova Scotia’s rich cultural community. From sold-out orchestral concerts to free family events, youth and seniors’ activities, and educational partnerships, Symphony Nova Scotia creates unforgettable experiences with truly great music. Visit to learn more.

For more information, please contact:

Carol KehoeDirector of Marketing and Communications, Symphony Nova Scotia902.421.5264[email protected]