Posted June 17, 2009
Arts & Culture


Three KWS Youth Orchestra members included!

Kitchener – For the first time in over 15 years, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYOC) will perform at the Centre In The Square (CITS). Joining this year’s orchestra are three members of our own Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony’s Youth Orchestra Program (YOP). The performance, conducted by Alain Trudel, takes place on August 6 at 7:30pm.

YOP members Danielle Johannes; oboe, Eslin McKay; violin and Thomas Beard; cello, are among the 100 talented students who have been chosen, out of 550 applicants from across Canada, to make up this year’s NYOC. For these students, the summer will be anything but a vacation, with early mornings and up to 10 hours of rigorous orchestral rehearsal each day.

“It’s been a great thrill to watch these students grow and progress and to see firsthand how all of their hard work and dedication has paid off. Knowing the NYOC accepts only the best, to have three representatives from our program truly shows the caliber of the young musicians here in our region.”
- Barbara Kaplanek, KWS Youth Orchestra Program Coordinator

Considered a Canadian treasure, the NYOC has a tremendous history and has established a reputation as a leading educational training ground and launch pad for some of Canada’s best-known orchestral talent. One third of the country’s professional orchestral musicians got their start in the NYOC and its alumni form the core of major Canadian orchestras; including the region’s own Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS), half of which are previous NYOC students.

For the first time since 1992, the NYOC will perform before a KW audience on August 6 at the CITS. This concert will be the penultimate performance of the NYOC’s 2009 season before starting its 50th anniversary celebration in 2010. Featuring Mendelssohn’s Midsummernight’s Dream Overture, Bernstein’s Westside Story: Symphonic Dances and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, this concert is a wonderful way to introduce the kids to classic favourites before the new school year begins.

Tickets are $15 for students and children, $28 for adults and a family pack is $86.
Purchase tickets online at or call KWS Patron Services at 519.745.4711 or toll free 888.745.4717

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