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(Updated: September 2016)
1. Who can apply to audition?
2. Who can participate in NYO Canada?
3. What is the NYO Canada Audition Process?
4. What are the selection criteria of the NYO Canada?
5. What do I have to play for the audition?
6. When is my audition?
7. What if I do not have a video camera?
8. Why is the live audition replaced by video recording?
9. Application Deadline/How much does it cost to apply?
10. What happens after I upload my video to YouTube?
11. What happens after the auditions?
12. If I am accepted to the 2017 NYO Canada, how much will it cost to participate?
13. Are there Awards/honourariums available?
14. The NYOC program begins before my exam schedule at school finishes. What can I do?
Residents of Canada, including full-time students in any Canadian Institute who study an orchestral instrument between the ages of 16 and 28 years old on July 1st, 2017 can apply. (International applicants please also read http://nyoc.org/international_student_faq.)
The age limit for participation in the NYO Canada is more restricted than participation in the auditions. NYO Canada age limits are a minimum of 16 and a maximum of 28 by July 1st of the session year. In exceptional circumstances, a student under the age of 16 may be considered to be eligible.
NYO Canada only accepts video recordings as a means of auditionining for the 2017 orchestra, with the exception of CC-MM Prize applications. (Please refer to Canada Council for the Arts – MM Prize page for information.)
Auditions are approximately fifteen minutes long and usually consist of a solo lasting 2 to 4 minutes, a variety of orchestral excerpts and possibly some scales. Please see the Audition Repertoire page for specific requirements for your instrument. Annual entry into the NYO Canada is based on the results of these auditions.
Please see Video Audition page for detailed information.
The essential requirement for securing a position in the NYO Canada is an excellent performance. Consideration may also be given to development in relation to age, experience, musical leadership and potential for becoming a professional orchestral musician. The NYO Canada reserves the right to refuse any application.
There is a set list of audition repertoire required for each instrument, usually consisting of a solo, orchestral excerpts, and scales. The list and music for each instrument is available to download on the NYO Canada website. Click here to access the music. Please read the list carefully and be sure to note when scales are required in addition to the excerpts posted. All solos must be played without accompaniment. All audition requirements should be played in the order listed. It is strongly suggested that you obtain recordings of the orchestral repertoire so you have an idea of the tempo and context of the excerpt. If you have problems downloading the excerpts online, please contact the office and we will mail you the audition repertoire package.
Instrumentalists who wish to be considered for the Canada Council - Michael Measures Prize should click here for details.
After you have applied, you will receive an APPLICATION ID by email within a week as confirmation. Please set your spam filters accordingly to receive emails from firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, especially if you use hotmail.
You need to video record your audition and upload it to YouTube with the APPLICATION ID as the title of your YouTube video (please see Video Audition page for detailed information). The video upload deadline is February 1st, 2017. If you apply early, you will have 3 months to make a good audition video.
Try to borrow one from your friends or relatives. It may not be worth buying a new one only for this purpose. Contact us early if you need help.
NYO Canada had been accepting video recording for applicants living in remote areas. Some of the benefits of changing to audition by video for everyone are:
The Application Fee Schedule for NYO Canada 2017 Orchestra:
Applications submitted after the December 28th, 2016 deadline will require a penalty application fee of $200 (subject to approval by NYO Canada on a case-by-case basis). No CC-MM Prize application will be considered after December 28th, 2016.
The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable.
First, you need to email us the URL (or link) of your YouTube video to us before the February 1st 2017. We will test the beginning of your video to make sure the URL works and confirm with you by email. If you do not get this confirmation from us within a week after you uploaded your video, please contact us by phone.
If we find technical problem with your video, you will be contacted to upload it again prior to the deadline. Therefore, it is up to you to get it done early. This allows time for us to assist you if there is any technical issue.
Please see Video Audition page for detailed information.
Shortly after the national audition process has been completed (usually in early to mid-March) candidates will be advised as to which category they have been classified:
(a) those who have secured places in the NYO Canada orchestral and chamber program;
(b) those still under consideration for places as alternates in NYO Canada;
(c) those who require more study to reach NYO Canada standards.
Places will be open to alternates in the event of withdrawal by students who qualify ahead of them.
We are pleased to announce that we have eliminated tuition fees for the 2017 session. All members, except the CC-MM Prize winner, will receive a $1000 Achievement Award in Fall 2017 after successful completion of the program. All training costs, food and housing at the training location as well as travel and accommodation during the tour will be paid for. Students will be responsible for the following costs:
Awards and Honourariums
All 2017 members, except the CC-MM Prize winner, will receive a $1000 Achievement Award in Fall 2017 upon successful completion of the NYO Canada program.
NYO Canada Award of Excellence
NYO Canada will award ten orchestra members an Award of Excellence valued at $4000. Any student applying to NYO Canada is eligible. These awards are intended for the most advanced students who will most likely hold section leadership positions. (These awards will be in addition to the $1000 Achievement Award.)
Students will need to prepare the regular audition repertoire as well as any additional award excerpt(s) if so indicated in the audition packet.
If you would like to be considered for this Award of Excellence, you must indicate this on the application form. At the end of the application process, you will be prompted to submit the following:
Please combine these materials into one pdf file before you start your application online. Save the pdf file with the following title format:
Example of your pdf document name: John Doe.pdf
Award of Excellence recipients will be notified upon their acceptance in the orchestra. Awards will be awarded in Fall 2017 upon successful completion of the NYO Canada program.
Canada Council for the Arts - Michael Measures Prize:
Instrumentalists who would like to be considered for the CC-MM Prize should click here.
Canada 150 Commemorative Award
Criteria for the Canada 150 Commemorative Award is the same as the NYO Canada Award of Excellence.
If it is preapproved by your school, exams can be written at the NYO Canada training session. Please make arrangements with your school immediately after you have been accepted in NYO Canada, as this process can take several weeks.