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Youth Orchestra Corner

Youth Orchestra Corner

The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra has recently announced preliminary plans for its 2014-15 season, a year that will include a return visit to Vienna (as well as Munich and Prague), as the only Canadian orchestra in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Competition; the world premiere of an orchestral work they have commissioned to mark the centennial of the beginning of World War I and its significance to Canada; and a year-long exploration of the meaning of the First World War for today’s young Canadians. “Our intent in commissioning an orchestral work is not to glorify war or revel in an allied triumph but to educate a current generation about the First World War,” says Ken MacLeod, president and CEO of the NBYO. “We want to honour veterans and their sacrifice and acknowledge what the war cost Canadian families and communities, and the impact the war had on Canada as a nation. We want the music to help raise awareness about the importance of tolerance, international understanding and peace.” The project will include create input and resources from many collaborators including the University of New Brunswick Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society, the Canadian Music Centre, the New Brunswick Museum, the Canadian War Museum and Hemmings House Pictures.

OrKidstra, the Ottawa-based, Sistema-inspired music program operated by the Leading Note Foundation, has recently added a new stream to its programs, a stream that has strengthened the effective ties between OrKidstra and the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy. As a recent issue of their newsletter notes, “most of the 300+ OrKidstra students receive a scholarship that covers the cost of delivering the program, including instruments, music, lessons, rehearsals and performance opportunities; for their part, the students commit to attend – and be punctual for – weekly lessons and rehearsals, to practice daily and to demonstrate good citizenship and good musicianship. In 2012, a new commitment level, the Dedication Level, was created because it had become evident that several OrKidstra students were not only very talented young musicians, but that they were also very dedicated to learning their instrument: 5 students were given weekly private lessons throughout the summer as they prepared for September auditions at the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy. All were successful: Ngoc Kim, Declan, Gareth and Daniela joined the strings section of the Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra and Peter became a member of the Senior Winds Ensemble. In 2013, 2 more students have joined the group and once again, all had a successful OYOA audition: Peter (13) is now principal clarinet of the Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra with Patrick (16) rounding out the section on bass clarinet; Emily (11) has joined the Senior Strings Ensemble; Daniela (17), Declan (16), Gareth (15) and Ngoc Kim (17) garnered coveted positions in the Ottawa Youth Orchestra and performed their first concert with the group on November 24.” Congratulations, all!

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Youth Orchestra Teleconference

Youth Orchestra Teleconference

On Tuesday, June 4, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Eastern, OC is hosting a teleconference for youth orchestra people from across Canada, entitled Building Your Youth Orchestra: Successful Strategies for Recruitment. We’ve heard a lot about the challenges that Canadian youth orchestras are facing in recruiting committed young musicians to their membership – and we’ve also heard some success stories, too. Join John Gomez, founder of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy and music director of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, for an interactive conversation about recruitment strategies that work. John will share what he’s learned in the thirty-one years since he founded the OYO, and he’ll invite call participants to talk about their successful recruitment strategies, as well. Come to the call prepared to learn, and to share. We’ll send out toll-free dial-in information for the call 24 hours ahead of the scheduled call time. All you’ll need to participate is a telephone – and your own good ideas. To register, please visit orchestrascanadayo3.eventbrite.com.

 

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Youth Orchestra Study Kicks Off

Youth Orchestra Study Kicks Off

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.


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