NYO Canada 2021

NYO Canada 2021 will officially kick-off on June 12th with an online orientation at 2pm EDT. 

Musicians will receive a minimum of one 45-minute lesson per week with their assigned faculty member. Faculty members will rotate through the summer giving our musicians access to more of NYO’s world class faculty. All instrumental lessons will be individually scheduled between musicians and faculty members in order to work with their respective schedules.

On top of Individual and group lessons from our core NYO faculty, musicians will have the opportunity to participate in our Marquee Masterclass Series. This series features top artists from around the world. Schedules of Masterclasses will be posted closer to the session start.

Stephen Rose Violin Bio
Andrew Wan Violin Bio
Jonathan Crow Violin Bio
Harmut Rohde Viola Bio
Atar Arad Viola Bio
Peter Wiley Cello Bio
Hans Jørgen Jensen Cello Bio
Tim Pitts Double Bass Bio
Emily Beynon Flute Bio
Jennifer Gunn Piccolo Bio
Elaine Douvas Oboe Bio
Yehuda Gilad Clarinet Bio
Ben Lulich Clarinet Bio
Afendi Yusuf Clarinet Bio
Benjamin Kamins Bassoon Bio
Sarah Willis Horn Bio
Peter Evans Trumpet Bio
Michael Mulcahy Trombone Bio
Jauvon Gilliam Percussion Bio
Vanessa Tomlinson Percussion Bio
Roger Bobo Tuba Bio
Mariko Anraku Harp Bio
Anneleen Lenearts Harp Bio
Francine Kay Keyboard Bio

June 28 – 11:00am – 2:00 pm & 3:30pm – 6:00pm
June 29 – 11:00am – 2:00 pm & 3:30pm – 6:00pm
June 30 – 11:00 am (Drop in Q&A)

The audio video demo workshop is designed to teach musicians how to produce their own basic audio/video recordings. The course will begin on June 28 with capture techniques and best practices including: equipment choices, microphone placement, video camera placement, lighting, and acoustics. The participants will learn the basics of operating a USB microphone and using their cell phone as a camera. They will also learn to consider the most important factors influencing the quality of an audio/video music recording.

In the second part of the workshop on June 29, we will cover audio/video post-production. They will learn the basics of: file ingest, audio/video sync, editing, audio and video effects, and master file output. Post-production demonstrations will make use of the free software, Davinci Resolve, in order to execute all the required steps. Finally, participants will be taught to evaluate the technical quality of recordings by ear and eye.


  • A laptop or desktop computer (Windows or Mac OS) with internet connectivity, sound output capabilities, at least 10GB of hard drive space, and Davinci Resolve pre-installed and tested. Older or budget computers will likely struggle to run Resolve at a usable speed.
  • Internet speeds (measured by Googling “speed test”) should be at least 10Mbps download and 2Mbps upload.
  • Headphones or high-quality speakers in a quiet environment.
  • A USB Microphone and a Cell Phone (ideally with a high-quality camera).

Denis Martin
Denis Martin is a course instructor, researcher, and audio engineer with diverse interests and expertise. He currently teaches courses in music production at McGill University. Denis holds a PhD and MMus in Sound Recording from McGill and a BMus in Percussion Performance from Acadia University. His research interests include critical listening, technical ear training, perceptual evaluation of audio, and production techniques. As a freelance engineer, he primarily specializes in contemporary classical music, but also works on projects in jazz, R&B, and rock.

Presented by Jeff Nelsen and Katy Webb

Tuesday and Thursday at 1:oopm from July 6 to August 12 (6 weeks)

The Training in Thirds system is a blueprint to consistently share your best performances. It
divides your training time in to sets of three priorities: BUILD your very best performance in
the practice room, SHARE with others what you built as an experimental ground to adjust
your interpretive choices, and learn how you need to BE to give your best performance on
your first version, every time.


  • Equip musicians to train for and complete an incredible performance, audition, or
  • Elevate training through connection, well-being, and community
  • Cultivate self-regulation and expert listening skills

July 5 

11:00-12:30pm: Social Media & Content with Expert Q & A

You’ve all grown up with social media, but what is your end goal? How can you use it to reach concert-goers? And, where is it all headed? This session will do a dive into what makes for a great social media plan.

2:00 – 3:30pm Digital Advertising with Expert Q & A

So you’ve got a concert – how will people know about it? You now have incredible power at your fingertips to take your message and share it to the exact audience you’re looking for. But it’s not as simple as putting up an ad on Facebook and hoping for the best – we’ll go through ways to become advertising geniuses.

July 12 

11:00-12:30pm:  Granting 101 with Expert Q & A

Writing grants is an art form unto itself, and gets you on the radars of the people making decision on future funding. So it’s a great opportunity to learn early! We’ll go through the different types of grants available, the important steps to take, and delve into successful writing styles.

2:00 – 3:30pm : Community Engagement with Expert Q & A

In the end, music is about community. Going out onto a stage, performing, and leaving out the back is not a way to connect to audiences. Let’s explore ways of connecting with the people who want to support you, and ways you can reach out to them.

July 19

11:00 -12:30pm: Your Unique Value Proposition with Expert Q&A

What makes you special? What can you offer the marketplace, that no one else can? Do you have ideas or beliefs you want to share through your artform? Being an incredible musician is a wonderful gift, but maybe there are other ways you can differentiate yourself to audiences.

Tim Crouch

Tim Crouch is a highly motivated and energetic arts and culture administrator, with extensive experience in marketing, sales, communications, and general management of both large and small classical music organizations. Passionate about problem-solving issues facing arts and culture organizations in Canadian communities, and creating structures and processes to make visions become a reality. Tim has a Masters Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Toronto, and currently works at new music organization Soundstreams. He is also Digital Coordinator for Bloor Street Culture Corridor, and is Chair of the Digital Committee at Orchestras Canada.

Long-time faculty member and musician, Gregory Oh, often finds himself working across disciplines – theatre, dance, opera, visual art, technology, and writing. This class will encourage those in the specialized classical music world to nurture their “inner creative”. Everyone has a story to tell, and we will help you find your own way to tell it. Featuring many special guests, including Canada’s Venice Biennale representative, Shary Boyle, and Polaris Prize-winner, Jeremy Dutcher.


Dates TBA

Sommer Christie

  • “Under Pressure” : Arousal regulation and maintaining calm
  • Focus : Lessons from Olympic sport
  • Goal setting: Creating a personal excellence road map
  • Confidence and Self -Talk: Building resilience and mental toughness while maintaining artistic focus

Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser – The State of the Art

June 24th /1:00pm

Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser will lead a session discussing the large scale changes that have occurred in the Orchestral Sector over the past year and how these changes will impact young performers as they train and prepare for the future. A portion of the time will be devoted to group case studies and answering questions from the musicians in the session.

Christine Carter – Where There Is a Way, There Is a Will: Clearing the Path to Motivation

July 12/1:00pm

This workshop will explore recent research on motivation and how we can create the context necessary for optimizing learning.

Dr. Christine Carter is interested in how musicians can be more effective on stage and in the practice room. Her research has led to a variety of article publications and invitations to give workshops at dozens of institutions around the world. She is a Visiting Scholar at Dr. Jessica Grahn’s Music and Neuroscience Lab (Western University) and recently launched The Curious Musician blog to explore performance psychology topics of interest to musicians.

Christine is also an active clarinetist. Performances have taken her across the globe, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at Manhattan School of Music, where she taught the Woodwind Lab for 4 years, and is now Associate Professor of Music at Memorial University in Canada. Christine is a Buffet Crampon Artist and an alumnus of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (2005, 2007).

Matthew Eldridge

July 21 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Coping with COVID- 19: Mental health self-care

July 28 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Mindfulness for Musicians : Practical skills learned in a group setting

August 4 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Managing and Embracing Change in the Arts : Questions of identity and building a balanced life outside music