FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES NEW STUDENT AWARD
$10,000 prize celebrates Canada 150 Signature Project, encourages auditions
OCTOBER 21, 2016 – Toronto, ON.
NYO Canada is pleased to announce the creation of the Canada 150 Commemorative Award. Valued at $10,000, this one-time award celebrating the orchestra’s selection as one of forty Canada 150 Signature Projects, will be presented to a member of the 2017 Orchestra during an upcoming concert during the upcoming Edges of Canada tour.
“Canada’s best and brightest young musicians must forego summer employment to perform with our National Orchestra,” says Executive Director Barbara Smith. “This award helps ensure that financial need is not a barrier to participation and also helps us recognize a special talent in a way that is fitting for the historic importance of our 2017 tour”.
The one-time Canada 150 Commemorative Award is the largest cash prize that will be available to all musicians in the orchestra, which offers a total of $175,000 in financial awards each year. This is highlighted by multiple Awards of Excellence that are made possible by generous donors and the Michael Measures Prize, a $25,000 award for musicians under the age of twenty-two.
Over eight weeks in July and August, the Edges of Canada tour will be the most extensive and artistically ambitious in the history of the NYO. The massive national tour will not only feature NYO’s traditional 100-piece classical youth orchestra, but also a partnership with the National Youth Choir and a unique and original composition blending the work of high-profile Indigenous artists from a variety of genres, such as film and spoken word, who will collaborate with the orchestra to create a first-of-its-kind, never-before-seen youth response to Truth and Reconciliation and a special message of hope and healing for Canadians.
The National Youth Orchestra is Canada’s premier training institute for orchestral musicians. Each year, the best and brightest young musicians compete for a coveted place in the award-winning 100-piece orchestra. Following a grueling six-week residential training institute, the group embarks on a tour. Today, more than 40 per cent of the professional musicians working in Canadian orchestras are NYO alumni.
For more information contact:
Dan McKinnon, Manager, Marketing & Communications
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For audition and tour details, visit www.nyoc.org