Winter Season

We’re getting ready for NSYWE’s winter season.

Dr. Hopkins is choosing the Winter 2019 music; you will receive an e-mail when the new music is posted on this website.

As well, we are getting ready for the 2019-2020 season auditions. We will start accepting auditions soon after our February concert. This way, you will know much sooner if you have been accepted into the ensemble.

There’s been a change in the saxophone section – Keigan Allen is now on baritone sax; Sam Johnston has moved to the alto.

The website is getting a slight makeover, too. The posts section -this section – has been edited; a lot of early posts that were no longer current have been removed. Most of the unused forums have been removed; we’ll decide on the remaining two – carpooling and general news – over the summer. Some of the tour-specific content has been removed, too.

Lucas March Performs with NSYO, Nov. 24-25

NSYWE clarinetist Lucas March will perform with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra on Nov. 24 and 25, in Lunenburg and Halifax, respectively.

Lucas, who hails from New Glasgow, was the featured soloist in NSYWE’s fall concerts this year, and is the most recent NS Talent Trust scholarship recipient.

“I wish to thank every supporter of young musicians like me because it encourages me to continue to strive and expand my craft. Being a musician can be extremely expensive. If it weren’t for the generous support of family, friends, community partners, and organizations like the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.

“I hope to inspire other music students in my community and in the province.”

On the program:
Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1
Béla Bartók: Violin Duos
Bedřich Smetana: Vltava (Die Moldau)
Johann Strauss: On the Beautiful Blue Danube

When and where:
Saturday, November 24, 2018, 7:00 pm
St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg
Sunday, November 25, 2018, 7:00 pm
St. Andrew’s United Church, Halifax

Ilan Mendel wins national composition award

NSYWE trombonist Ilan Mendel recently won the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association’s (CFMTA) Helen Dahlstrom Award for his composition, Emergence.

Ilan, a grade 11 student at Halifax West High School, won first place at the provincial level and then prevailed in the 15 and under age group at the national level. Student composers in all age groups compete for the Dahlstrom award.

Each spring, provincial Canada Music Week Coordinators submit works by student composers for adjudication. The provincial winners then square off at the national level during the CFMTA’s Student Composer Competition.

Scholarships are awarded to winners in each age category and the Helen Dahlstrom Award is given annually to the best national composition, across all age groups,  as selected by the adjudicator. Helen Dahlstrom was the founder of Canada Music Week.

Ilan has studied trombone for six years and participated in regional choirs for seven years.

Besides NSYWE, Ilan also plays with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and has participated in several Halifax All City Music programs including the Intermediate and Senior Jazz Bands (piano and trombone), the Halifax Boys Honour Choir, and Soundtrax and Jazz Voices choirs. He also started and conducted the jazz ensemble at Acadia Summer Music Academy.

He has studied piano with Shahein Hamza since 2007, completing the first half of his Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) level in 2018, and is a certified RCM elementary piano teacher.

In his “spare time”, he swims competitively and enjoys travel.

Do you need a ride to Wolfville or is there room in your car for someone else?

Our first rehearsal weekend is coming up fast: Sept 7-9. We checked and most  hotels, motels and B&Bs are fully booked due to other events at Acadia; some rooms may still be available for Friday evening but that’s it.

If you need a ride, or if you have room in your car for another NSY member, go to the forums – find it under Members in the menu – and let us know.

Like the song says, See You in September!

Website Registration

Please apply to join the NSYWE, then register on this website.

Please remember: The e-mail address you use to register for the NSYWE website must match the e-mail address on your NSYWE application. We will reject registrations that do not match with the e-mail address you provide in your NSYWE application, the e-mail address of a parent or guardian you include in your application..

FAQ Added

We just added a Frequently Asked Questions page to the website, under Join NSYWE on the menu.

The FAQ answers questions about the season fee, available financial assistance, travelling to rehearsals and concerts and other need to know stuff.

Check it out.