Percussion – NYO Member: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 – ON
Five-time National Youth Orchestra of Canada percussionist Josh Wynnyk graduated from the Glenn Gould School receiving a Performance Diploma with honours made possible by The Patrick and Barbara Keenan Foundation Scholarship studying primarily under John Rudolph. Two weeks before graduating, Josh was offered the Principal Percussion position in the Regina Symphony Orchestra. Josh has been guest principal percussionist with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and has also played with the Ottawa, Thunder Bay and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras. Josh has played in music festivals in Austria with the Vienna Philharmonic, New York performing at Carnegie Hall and has toured Canada, USA, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Austria, Scotland and Germany. In addition to his studies at The Glenn Gould School, Josh has had lessons with members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and more. Josh has played in masterclasses for Anne-Julie Caron, Don Liuzzi, Steve Schick, Russell Hartenberger and Wieland Welzel. Josh has won an Award of Excellence from the 2016 National Youth Orchestra as well as the “Piccolo Prix” from the National Arts Centre Bursary Competition. In the 2018-2019 season, Josh will continue playing with the Regina Symphony Orchestra as well as the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra from China on their US tour. Josh proudly uses and endorses Artifact Percussion, Mike Balter Mallets, Grover Percussion Products and Sabian Cymbals.
Favourite NYO memory
My favourite NYO memory was visiting the German city of Leipzig where Bach lived and worked for the last 27 years of his life. Visiting the churches he worked at and the museum dedicated to him was very impactful and gave me inspiration to complete the tour and bring forth with me through my other musical endeavors.
Advice for new NYO applicants
If you can manage it with your schedule, absolutely go for it. There may be other options for the summer that come later but just to get the audition experience alone is worth it. You’ll be making many more audition tapes for the rest of your career so every one counts!
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