New Brunswick Youth Orchestra

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New Brunswick Youth Orchestra (NBYO)
LocationSaint John, New Brunswick, Canada

The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, NBYO for short, (French: L’orchestre des jeunes du Nouveau-Brunswick, OJNB) is a youth orchestra based in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Founded in 1965, the orchestra has approximately 80 members from across the province.[1] The NBYO tours New Brunswick each year, and occasionally performs in other countries, funded by a Board of Directors as well as private, municipal, and provincial grants.[1]


The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra was founded in 1965 under Philip W. Oland, who was the president of the New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra (NBSO) at that time.[1] The NBYO effectively became New Brunswick's main orchestra at the NBSO's discontinuation in 1968. The NBYO first performed Woodstock, New Brunswick in October 1966.[1]

The NBYO went on to give many other performances, including musical presentations at Expo 67 and the National Arts Centre.[1] It also participated in several festivals such as the Dominion Centenary Festival of Music for Senior Orchestras, the Festival of International Youth Orchestras, Canadian Festival of Youth Orchestras[1] and the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival Competition in Vienna, Austria.[2]

In 2009, the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra adopted a musical education and training program entitled Sistema New Brunswick, inspired by the Venezuelan El Sistema program.[2]


The NBYO has been guest conducted by, among others, Victor Feldbrill, Alexander Brott, Jánós Sándor, Oskar Danon, Carolyn Davies and Brian Ellard.[1]

Special performances[edit]

The NBYO has performed in the following places:


  • 2008 East Coast Music Award, Classical Recording of the Year (Forbidden City Tour)[4]
  • 2008 – Orchestras Canada Betty Webster Award for outstanding orchestral achievements[5]
  • 2010 - TD Canada Trust Award - Arts Organization of the Year[6]
  • 2011 - East Coast Music Association nomination, DVD of the Year (Blues on the Boulevard)[7]
  • 2011 - Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Competition (Vienna, Austria) - 1st place in the Symphony Orchestra category[2]
  • 2012 - East Coast Music Association nomination, Classical Recording of the Year (Musikfreunde)[8]


New Brunswick Youth Orchestra discography
Studio albums4
Video albums1

Studio albums[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "New Brunswick Youth Orchestra". Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Moore, Oliver (6 July 2011). "New Brunswick Youth Orchestra wows Vienna". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Previous Tours". New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Joel Plaskett Emergency cleans up at six East Coast Music Awards". Toronto Star. 10 February 2008. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  5. ^ Bozikovic, Alex (14 July 2008). "THE BIZ: DEALS AND MOVES IN CANADIAN ARTS". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  6. ^ "The NBYO wins the TD Canada Trust Award for the Arts Organization of the Year". New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Awards archive 2011". East Coast Music Awards. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Awards archive 2012". East Coast Music Awards. Retrieved 21 July 2017.

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