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National Youth Orchestra finds a new home at Laurier

Feb 19/13


Glen Carruthers, Dean Laurier Faculty of Music 519-884-0710 ext. 2151 or


Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs Wilfrid Laurier University 519-884-0710 ext. 3070 or

Waterloo - Canada’s National Youth Orchestra summer tour and training program began in 1960, as a means to identify and train young Canadian classical musicians and to provide them with the best possible preparation for a professional career in music. Over 50 years later the NYOC, which has been internationally recognized as one of the best orchestral training institutes in the world, has chosen to take up residency at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Beginning in June, over 100 participants and teachers will live, eat, train, and perform on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. Youth aged 16-28 audition for the NYOC from across Canada, attracting some of the best and brightest young talent our country has to offer.

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

Those selected for the National Youth Orchestra will be in good company as approximately forty percent of Canada’s professional orchestral musicians are NYOC alumni. Wilfrid Laurier Faculty of Music graduates Cathy Anderson and Judith Davenport first met as members of the NYOC in 1992. The two women still perform together as members of The Bremen String Quartet and the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony.

“These are exciting times for Laurier's Faculty of Music, with new programs, faculty and staff coming on stream” said Glen Carruthers, dean of the Faculty of Music. “We are committed to enhancing our national and international outreach and to expanding our out-of-classroom activities and profile. To these ends, we've created a number of new strategic alliances - with Tapestry New Opera and Stratford Summer Music, for example.”

“In light of these developments, it is especially exciting that Laurier will become home to the National Youth Orchestra of Canada beginning this summer. The NYOC has played a pivotal role in the lives of so many brilliant Canadian musicians. 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. Laurier looks forward to a long and fruitful association with this iconic national institution.”

The 2013 NYOC training institute will begin on June 23, 2013 and culminate in late July at which time the orchestra will embark on a Western Canada tour. Dates and Venues for the 2013 NYOC Concert tour are available on the NYOC website, In addition to the concert tour, the NYOC will perform numerous Chamber Music concerts while in residence at Wilfrid Laurier University. Stay tuned for more details on the dates and venues for these concerts.

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