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National Youth Orchestra finds a new home at Laurier

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Feb 19/13| For Immediate Release


Glen Carruthers, Dean
Laurier Faculty of Music
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Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University
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WATERLOO – Canada’s National Youth Orchestra (NYOC), recognized as one of the best orchestral training institutes in the world, will take up residency at Wilfrid Laurier University in June.

The NYOC summer tour and training program, which began in 1960, identifies and trains young classical musicians to prepare them for professional careers in music.

From June 23 until late July, over 100 participants and teachers will live, eat, train, and perform on Laurier’s Waterloo campus before embarking on a Western Canada tour. The NYOC will also perform numerous chamber music concerts while in residence at Laurier.

“We are very pleased and excited for the upcoming season. Laurier has a beautiful campus with top-notch musical facilities,” said Barbara Smith, executive director of the NYOC. “We look forward to engaging with the Kitchener/Waterloo community and beginning a new chapter.”

Youth aged 16-28 from across Canada audition for the NYOC, attracting some of the best and brightest young talent in the country. Approximately 40 per cent of Canada’s professional orchestral musicians are NYOC alumni.

Laurier’s Faculty of Music is committed to enhancing its national and international outreach and to expanding its out-of-classroom activities and profile with alliances such as the Tapestry New Opera and Stratford Summer Music. Becoming home to the NYOC will further these objectives.

“The NYOC has played a pivotal role in the lives of so many brilliant Canadian musicians,” said Glen Carruthers, dean of Laurier’s Faculty of Music. “The world-class mentoring and experiential learning that are part of the NYOC experience dovetail perfectly with the Faculty of Music's mission and mandate. We look forward to a long and fruitful association with this iconic national institution.”

Dates and Venues for the 2013 NYOC Concert tour are available on the NYOC website,


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