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Nova Scotia Youth Wind Ensemble

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.

NSYWE is ready to accept your applications. We are looking forward to another NSYWE season filled with music, friendship, and joy.  The NSYWE is led by Artistic Director Dr. Mark Hopkins, Acadia University School of Music.  NSYWE members improve their music skills through an extensive program of coaching and mentoring by skilled educators and professional musicians during each rehearsal weekend.

The NSYWE is fortunate to have an ongoing relationship with the Stadacona Band and will be collaborating with them again on our winter concert. Their leadership and role models create an exceptional partnership and environment for hands-on learning and skill development.

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.”

Audition are due May 31, 2020. Dates and locations for 2020-2021 can be found on the website.

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!

*If you forgot your instrument at school or if you’re a percussionist that does not have access to tympani, we will give you extra time.  Please email me.

*If you need help preparing your audition, we are here for you. Email me and I will set up a video chat with a clinician to help you.

*Support* NSYWE is here to support any other needs you have. Reach out!

NSYWE is a team! We work together to share a common goal, share creative ideas and encourage one another.

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.

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.