Join the NSYWE

2024-2025 Season

We’re recruiting our team of musicians for 2024-2025.
Visit our Auditions Page for more info.

(All returning and NEW applicants must complete the registration form.)

Our registration fee is: $350 for the 2024-2025 season.

(We had to increase the fee because of the facilities rental costs. If you need assistance please contact Hope Gendron at:

Your teacher or your school must be a member of the Nova Scotia Band Association to be considered for a place in NSYWE this season. 

DEADLINE to submit your registration form and audition has been extended. 


If you need more time contact Hope Gendron.

If you have any questions about NSBA please contact: Hope Gendron, Managing Director of NSBA at:

How to Apply

To join the Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble, you must do two things:

1 – Submit an Online Application Form
     All returning and NEW applicants must complete the registration form.

2 – Submit a Recording 
All returning and new applicants must submit a recording.

     Please record a audio (mp3) and/or video (mp4)
     share it as a link (from Google, Dropbox, or a private YouTube video)
or as an attachment with Hope Gendron (

     You must send all Three Parts of the following recorded items plus the audition form for consideration for entrance into the group:

          PART #1          SCALES
          PART #2          OWN CHOICE PLAYING SAMPLE
          PART #3          NSYWE REQUIRED EXCERPTS


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.”

Bursaries are available to students to help with travel and/or
registration fees.

Please contact Hope Gendron for more information.

After you submit your application and recording we will email you of your status.

  • Accepted. That’s it, you’re in! Your registration fee is due by the end of our first rehearsal weekend.
  • Alternate. If someone who is accepted into NSYWE opts not to take advantage of this opportunity, we may fill that vacancy with an alternate applicant.
  • Probationary. If your audition fell a little short of the others, you may be accepted on a probationary basis. You will be invited to attend the first weekend in September and to play with the band. The NSYWE team will monitor your progress and how you work with the band members. By the end of the weekend, you will be advised whether you have been accepted as a full member of the NSYWE.
  • Declined. Sometimes, there are just too many applicants for a limited number of positions. In a situation like this, we will advise you what you need to do to improve, and you will be encouraged to re-apply for a position with NSYWE next year.

If you have any questions about the application form, the audition process or the NSYWE, please e-mail Hope Gendron.