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Horizons Tour: National Youth Orchestra

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The National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada) proudly presents the 2024 Horizons Tour.

Led by Canadian Music Director Naomi Woo, the Horizons Tour marks a triumphant return to Western Canada.

Repertoire highlights include beloved orchestral classics by Sibelius and Ravel, alongside a captivating performance of Rautavaara's Flute Concerto by the 2024 Canada Council Michael Measures First Prize Winner.

Witness the talent of our nation's top young musicians as we welcome them to perform at Banff Centre for the first time! 

Lili Boulanger: D’un matin de printemps    
Maurice Ravel: La valse, poème chorégraphique pour orchestre    
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Flute Concerto 'Dances with the Winds'    
Charles Ives:The Unanswered Question
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43


Alberta Government
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Government of Canada
Canada Council




About Naomi Woo

<p>NYO Canada is delighted to announce the groundbreaking appointment of <strong>Naomi Woo</strong> as its first female Music Director for the 2024/2025 seasons.<br><br>A bilingual conductor with extensive experience, Woo has collaborated with major orchestras across Canada and will serve as the Artistic Partner for Orchestre Metropolitan and Assistant Conductor for the Philadelphia Orchestra in the coming seasons. Recognized for her impactful career, including prestigious awards like the 2022 Canada Council for the Arts Virginia Parker Prize, Woo brings her expertise to lead NYO Canada.<br><br>With past roles as Assistant Conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and inaugural Music Director of Sistema Winnipeg, Woo aims to inspire and instill optimism in the musicians, fostering a love for classical music and a sense of belonging in the larger artistic community.<br><br><img alt src="…" style="width: 250px; height: 356px;"></p>

About National Youth Orchestra and the Horizons Tour

National Youth Orchestra

NYO Canada is a prestigious, tuition-free music program that trains young classical musicians for successful careers as professional orchestral musicians. Guided by a distinguished faculty of world-renowned musicians and educators, orchestra members partake in transformative experiences such as the acclaimed NYO Canada chamberfest and the Orchestral Training Institute, followed by a recording session and concert tour featuring performances in Canada’s most prestigious concert halls. 

Serving as a vital bridge between music, education, and a thriving musical career, NYO Canada aims to launch the next generation of Canadian orchestral musicians and champions emerging composers and artists, contributing to the flourishing of classical music appreciation across the nation.

NYO Canada is grateful for the support of the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, and their donors who make their vision reality. 

Horizons Tour

The National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada) proudly presents the Horizons Tour from July 18th to July 31st, 2024, with stops in Kingston, Toronto, Parry Sound, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Banff, and Calgary. For 64 years, NYO Canada has been celebrated as one of North Americas premier orchestras, boasting Canada s top pre-professional musicians. Our rich heritage is vividly realized through the impact of our alumni, who now stand as professional musicians in today's Canadian orchestras! Generously sponsored by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Arts Foundation, the NYO Canada 2024 Horizons Tour promises to be a cultural highlight.

Join us to witness the talent of our nation's top young musicians!
For information on sponsorship opportunities, please call 1-888-532-4470 ext. 232 (toll-free).