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Since its founding in 1960, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada has emerged as the country’s preeminent professional orchestral and chamber music training institute. Each year, 100 gifted young artists aged 16 to 28 attend a free summer...

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Since its founding in 1960, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada has emerged as the country’s preeminent professional orchestral and chamber music training institute. Each year, 100 gifted young artists aged 16 to 28 attend a free summer training institute taught by prestigious faculty, under the baton of a world-renowned conductor. Competition for a place in the Orchestra is extremely fierce, and only the best and most promising applicants win a place. Following this gruelling selection process, the entire Orchestra comes together at a residential 8-week intensive training institute, preparing a world-class repertoire, which they then tour nationally and internationally during July and August. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young Canadian musicians to make their mark and launch national and international careers. Today, there are more than 3,000 NYO alumni worldwide, and more than 40 per cent of Canada’s professional orchestra players are NYO alumni.

Following our outstanding 12-city Edges of Canada tour in 2017, we are thrilled to be launching our Migrations 2018 TD Tour that will take the Orchestra to Germany and Scotland to participate in three invitation only festivals. This tour will be the first of a series of ‘hybrid’ tours we’re planning, in which the Orchestra will combine a series of concerts at home, rotating across the country every year, with an international component focused on providing international exposure for the musicians. Each international tour will provide ample opportunities for the students to learn about the history of nations, cultural migration between Canada and other parts of the world, and how music can unite people across borders.

Given that our 95-musician Orchestra and 10 person admin team will be traveling over 8,000 km this summer, it is no surprise that travel is one of our single largest expenses. As a result, Aeroplan Miles are essential for the success of our tour. Our faculty and staff come from all over Canada and Aeroplan Miles help them travel to the training session and back to their homes after tour.

As a charitable organization, NYO Canada relies on Aeroplan Miles to retain its status as a National organization, and enables us to conduct our business across the country without financial constraints.

Donate your Aeroplan Miles today to help us mount the most extensive and culturally-enriching tour in our history!

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