Toronto, November 6, 2019 – The National Youth Orchestra of Canada is the recipient of the 2019 Vida Peene Orchestra Award from the Ontario Arts Council (OAC). The $10,000 award will be presented during the first stop of The Frenergy Tour(a collaboration with the European Union Youth Orchestra) at Toronto’s Koerner Hallon Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
About the National Youth Orchestra of Canada
- The National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada) was founded in 1960 by Walter Susskind, a
former music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
- Over the past 60 years, it has evolved to become the most comprehensive classical music instructional program in the country. Today, it is led by a world-renowned faculty of professional musicians and educators, and remains entirely tuition-free.
- NYO Canada serves as a bridge for students between music education and a music career. It has nurtured and inspired successive generations of Canadian artists – today, an estimated one-third of Canada’s professional orchestral musicians count themselves as alumni.
- Along with its educational and skill-building programs, NYO Canada offers touring opportunities to its students. As of 2019, NYO Canada has performed in every major Canadian city and travelled to 12 countries (and counting).
About the Vida Peene Orchestra Award
- The Vida Peene Orchestra Award is given out biennially to assist Ontario orchestras. OAC administers the jury process for this award.
- Vida Peene was a Hamilton-based arts patron whose remarkable legacy continues to support the arts in Ontario and Canada.
- The award alternates between professional and community-based orchestras. Past recipients include the Georgian Bay Symphony (2017) and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir (2015). See the full list of previous laureates.
For further information
Senior Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council
416-969-7434 | toll-free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434