Spring Cleaning and Looking to 2019-20

The 2018-19 season has now concluded and what a season it was. Take a few moments to reflect on what all of you have accomplished.

OK, enough… Now, on to 2019-20!

Auditions. Dr. Hopkins is choosing the audition music; it will be posted when the selections are made. Watch the News page for a post when the audition pieces are available on the website.

Website Membership. Your NSYWE website membership will continue until July 2019, giving ample time to download images you like and to keep abreast of planning for the 2019-20 year.

  • If you successfully audition for the 2019-20 season, you do not need to re-register for the website; your membership will continue for another year.
  • If you audition for the 2019-20 season, and you are accepted as a probationary or alternate member, your existing membership will continue until you are either accepted as a full member of the ensemble or declined.
  • If you do not audition for the 2019-20 season, your membership will be deleted in early July. The same is true if you are unsuccessful in your audition.

New NSYWE Membership Registrations. Currently, for security reasons, we are not accepting new registrations. We will re-open new member registrations when we are ready to begin the spring audition process.

2018-19 Music. It has been removed from the website for copyright considerations.

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.