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Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble

BREAKING NEWS: Today, Feb. 26, the Province reinstated limits on gatherings after a recent spike in positive COVID-19 results. As a result, the March rehearsals and concert are cancelled.

SPECIAL NOTE: COVID is pressuring the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble in many ways, especially by increasing our operating costs. For example, we had to rent rehearsal space at a higher cost than we paid for our usual rehearsal spaces in previous years. As well, we offered one-on-one private lessons and masterclasses with national music community leaders to whom we would normally not have access. Any donation from NSYWE families and friends, companies and organizations would be gratefully accepted. These donations would be acknowledged on our Sponsors and Benefactors page, either by name or as anonymous. We thank you, in advance, for your generosity.


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!