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Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble

SPECIAL NOTE: Our October 24 concert was live-streamed, thanks to a grant from the Province of Nova Scotia. To watch the concert, click on the box below; to see the concert in full-screen, click on the four arrows at the bottom right of the window that opens.

NSYWE Fall Concert, October 24, 2021

3:00 pm ADT

St. Andrew’s United Church, Halifax

No tickets were required but freewill donations will be gratefully accepted at the door. Read below to donate by e-transfer. Thank you!

Please Donate: You can support the ongoing work of the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble through a personal or corporate donation. E-transfers are welcome at nsywe@eastlink.ca; please e-mail us to arrange a corporate donation. All donations will be will be acknowledged on our Sponsors and Benefactors page, either by name or anonymously. We thank you, in advance, for your generosity.

COVID pressured the NSYWE in many ways, especially by increasing our operating costs. We had to rent high-cost rehearsal space when our usual spaces became unavailable. And, we offered private lessons and masterclasses with national music community leaders to whom we would normally not have access.


Welcome to the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble website. The NSYWE is Nova Scotia’s honours wind ensemble for talented young musicians from junior high school to university age.

The NSYWE’s mandate is, …”to provide a high-quality educational experience for talented young musicians in a manner and of a quality otherwise not available to them.”

Each season, the NSYWE meets for three weekends in the late summer and fall, including boot camp, and present a fall concert. The team re-groups in the new year for three more weekends and presents a winter season finale concert during the third weekend.

Approximately 60 musicians play in the NSYWE. Prospective members submit recorded auditions in the spring and those who are accepted into the ensemble are invited to attend a weekend boot camp in late summer.

The NSYWE is fortunate to have an ongoing relationship with the Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, which will collaborate with them on our 2021 winter concert. Their leadership and role models create an exceptional partnership and environment for hands-on learning and skill development.

If you have any questions or just need to chat, please do not hesitate to email me, Hope Gendron, at: nsywe@eastlink.ca.

Thank you!