Who We Are

For more than 45 years, the NSYO has provided students in Nova Scotia with educational opportunities that enhance university, public school, conservatory, and private music learning. The orchestra has been described by renowned professional conductors and musicians as one of the finest in Canada, and 85 percent of our nearly 1,000 alumni have gone on to jobs in music-related fields.

The NSYO provides a pathway to increased self-confidence, resilience, and a deep appreciation for music and the arts. Young musicians collaborate and create in a learning environment where fundamental skills like leadership, self-confidence, teamwork, and resilience are developed. We are committed to educating, encouraging, and empowering each young musician so they may pursue personal excellence both on and off the stage.

NSYO members have the opportunity to work with nationally and internationally acclaimed visiting musicians, as well as professional musicians from Symphony Nova Scotia. Through rehearsals and performances, workshops and leadership opportunities, the NSYO continues to stimulate talented young minds and develop young musicians’ talent.

Through the ongoing commitment of its donors, supporters, and community partners, the orchestra embodies the fundamental tools, resources, and skills required to fulfill its mandate of youth music-making and learning while at the same time consistently providing meaningful and influential opportunities generation after generation. Its impact can be measured by those of our alumni who have gone on to successful careers in music, including as performers, composers, university professors, and school teachers. Others have applied the skills learned at the NSYO toward other fields, having since become doctors, lawyers, teachers, company executives, and more.

The NSYO’s season runs from the end of September until the end of April and includes an orientation weekend. The orchestra performs between four to six concerts in a typical season.