Youth orchestras across the country are about to get an email from consultant C. Stephen Smith – and we urge you to take the time to read his email carefully, and respond! Mr. Smith has been engaged by Orchestras Canada to help us better understand the current situation and needs of Canadian youth orchestras. Step 1 in the process is a survey of Canadian youth orchestras; step 2 is a series of teleconference discussions with representatives from youth orchestras across the country on themes identified through the survey. Step 3 is the development of recommendations on the ways in which Orchestras Canada could be most useful to youth orchestras, working collaboratively with them as well as such organizational partners as the Association des orchestres des jeunes du Quebec (AOJQ) and the Saskatchewan Orchestral Association.
The study is being undertaken with the financial support of the Ontario Arts Investment Fund, and Task Force made up of Ken MacLeod of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra/Sistema NB (chair), Louise Richard (AOJQ), John Gomez (Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy), Diana Weir (Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra), Paul Dornian (Mount Royal Conservatory), Sheila Redhead (Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra), and Katherine Carleton (Orchestras Canada, ex officio).
For more information about the project, please contact Katherine Carleton via email at katherine [at] oc [dot] ca.