The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, Inc. (“NBYO”) is a leading Canadian orchestral music program operating an integrated network of programs including:
- local children’s orchestras (Sistema NB, Canada’s largest El Sistema-inspired, free, daily after school orchestral music program in 9 centres across the province);
- regional youth orchestras (Moncton Youth Orchestra, Saint John Youth Orchestra, Miramichi Youth String Orchestra);
- provincial youth orchestra (the award winning 100-member New Brunswick Youth Orchestra); and,
- professional orchestra - Tutta Musica Orchestra (the professional Teaching Artists of Sistema NB).
Serving over 1,200 children and youth each year, the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, Inc. is the largest employer of artists in Atlantic Canada, the largest youth music program in Canada and a leader internationally in the space of music for social impact.
The mission of the NBYO is ‘to inspire children and youth to achieve their full potential through learning and performing orchestral music’.
The vision of the NBYO is ‘to be a world-leading, innovative and hope-instilling music education program, distinguished by excellence and for having a positive impact on children and youth and the communities where it is implemented.
Provincial Youth Orchestra (NBYO)
The provincial youth orchestra engages the province’s most talented musicians, providing the opportunity to build their musicianship by learning and performing orchestral music. Each season, the NBYO admits, by audition, 100 young musicians, many of whom will further their musical studies at universities and conservatories. Some will go on to teach and perform as professional musicians.
NBYO recordings include Forbidden City Tour (2007), Blues on the Boulevard (2009), Musikfreunde (2011), Keeping Faith (2014), and Howard Shore: Sea to Sea (2017).
As validation of its musical excellence, in 2008 the NBYO won an East Coast Music Award for Classical Recording of the Year, and in 2011, first place in the orchestra division of the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Competition in Vienna, Austria.
The NBYO has commissioned works and toured and performed internationally including: Carnegie Hall, New York; Auditorium Paganini, Parma, Italy; Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China; Musikverein, Vienna, Austria; and Smetana Hall, Prague, Czech Republic.
The NBYO enjoys large and growing audiences, has won numerous awards and prizes and is recognized as one of the most accomplished youth orchestras in Canada.
Social Outreach and Innovation: Sistema NB
The NBYO has also been a social innovator, launching Sistema NB in 2009, a free daily after-school program that uses music and the orchestra as a means to create social change for children who otherwise would not have the opportunity. Today, Sistema NB engages more than 1,100 children, 3 hours daily, 5 days/week, in nine orchestra centres throughout the province. Sistema NB is the largest program of its kind in Canada. In March 2015 the NBYO received the Prime Ministers Award for Social Innovation for the work and leadership in Canada of its Sistema NB program.
Tutta Musica Orchestra
Tutta Musica Orchestra consists of sixty musicians who are the Teaching Artists of Sistema NB. The province’s newest professional orchestra, with a mission of social change and community partnership, Tutta Musica offers something that has not existed in New Brunswick until now. From solo acts to full orchestra – Tutta Musica strives to make live orchestral music more accessible, more engaging, and more relevant to more people throughout New Brunswick.