NYOJ to Host the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA), A Symphony Orchestra of 90 Musicians

The NYOJ will have the opportunity to collaborate with their peers from 20 countries when the Orchestra of the Americas comes to Jamaica on tour beginning July 24th.

YOA_JA_Poster_lowresThe Jamaican stop forms part of the visiting orchestra’s first tour of the Caribbean which involves participation of more than 1000 musicians. Other destinations are Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The highlight of the Jamaican tour will be two concerts; one in Kingston at Church on The Rock on July 24 and the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James on July 26.

While in Jamaica, Orchestra of the Americas members will engage in music education workshops with youth at risk from communities across Kingston, as well as music workshops with students and music instructors attached to NYOJ.

Nigel Clarke, chairman of the NYOJ, sees this tour as a great opportunity for Jamaicans to recognise the power of music.

“NYOJ’s aim is to create opportunities for music education to be opened for everyone, regardless of social background and hope that through the outreach, concerts and activities more persons will be seized by the awesome power of music to transform lives and communities,” said Clarke.

He noted that with the support of sponsors, the NYOJ is able to expose students to an experience that will expand their horizons.

The Orchestra of the Americas comprises young musicians, 18 to 30, representing more than 20 countries in the Western Hemisphere. Its mission is to bring together energetic, talented musicians to pursue excellence and celebrate cultural diversity as a catalyst for social change.

NYOJ Officially Launches “Canada Dream Tour” with a Concert hosted by the Canadian High Commissioner

IMG_3207Under the distinguished Patronage of the High Commissioner of Canada to Jamaica, H.E. Robert Ready and the High Commissioner for Jamaica to Canada, H.E. Sheila Sealy Monteith, the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ) will be embarking on a “Canada Dream Tour” for Independence Day Celebrations in August.

The NYOJ is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that uses free classical music education as a tool to inspire, empower and enhance the lives of at-risk Jamaican youths.

The official launch of the “Canada Dream Tour” will take place at the Canadian High Commissioner’s Residence, 14 Seymour Avenue, Kingston 6, on Sunday, June 8th, at 5:00 pm.

Dream Tour: A Musical Evening” will include repertoire the ‘Dream Tour Orchestra’ will perform in Canada, and special performances by their talented instructors.  The music will range from classical composers such as Chevalier St. George to Jamaican Ska, so there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

This tour will be an unforgettable and transformational experience for twenty-five at-risk youths from eight different schools in Kingston, Jamaica.   The event on June 8th will highlight our sponsors and present the opportunity for audience members to speak with the NYOJ students in person, as their excitement surrounding the tour is simply infectious.

Tickets are available at Cannonball Café and Chronicles (Manor Park) and Tee Tree Creperie at a cost of  $1000 each.

Canada Dream Tour Fundraising Underway


The Canada Dream Tour – NYOJ 2014 is upon us!  Arrangements are being made, the venues are booked and our inspiring students are diligently practicing their music full of excitement and anticipation.

The Friends of the National Youth Orchestra Foundation in Ottawa are working tirelessly on arrangements in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto and they will be covering all of our expenses once we get to Canada.  All we need to take care of is getting 25 students and 5 instructors to Canada which includes airfare, visas, insurance, etc. That’s where you come in!

For more background information on the NYOJ and our Canada tour, please click here: Canada Dream Tour Information


 Please also visit our crowd funding site by clicking here to make a donation or share the information with family and friends.

On behalf of the students, staff and instructors at the NYOJ, we would like to truly thank you for your continued support of our program and hope we can meet some more of you soon in Canada!

National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica is Planning for a “Canada Dream Tour”

The National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ) is planning to send 25 students and 5 instructors on a tour to Canada in August of 2014 to perform for a special Independence Day Celebration as requested by the Jamaican High Commissioner in Canada.  Find out more about our plans for the tour here:

Canada Dream Tour


National Chamber Orchestra of Jamaica to Perform Fundraising Concert for NYOJ’s Canada Trip

The National Chamber Orchestra of Jamaica (NCOJ) is embarking on a series of benefit concerts in order to raise money for the NYOJ’s trip to Canada in August, 2014.  The NYOJ’s tour is entitled “Canada Dream Tour – NYOJ 2014” and the Chamber Series is being called “Making Dreams Come True”.

The first concert in the series is taking place at Vera Moody Concert Hall, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts on Sunday, February 23rd at 3 pm.  Tickets for the fundraising concert are $2000, with $500 tickets for students and children.

We truly appreciate your support of this event that will enable NYOJ students to expand their horizons and create lasting memories in working towards a common goal. Tickets can be purchased at Music Mart and Fontana Pharmacy, or at the door.

NCOJ Ticket


NYOJ Summer Camp 2013

DSC_1709 This summer the NYOJ had a successful summer camp thanks to wonderful volunteers: Julia Woods, Kathleen Walsh, and Nancy, David and Ryan Lokan; our dedicated instructors and a generous donation from the Friends of the NYOJ Ottawa. Click here to see pictures from the week!

US Embassy Masterclasses and Performance

DSC_1159As the NYOJ’s term drew to a close the US Embassy provided students with an amazing end of term treat. The Embassy had organised a three day masterclass series with thirteen musicians from prominent American orchestras (including The Kennedy Center Opera House/Washington National Opera Orchestra, The Louisville Orchestra, The United States Air Force Strings, and the United States Army Strings). NYOJ students were elated to meet and learn from these extraordinary musicians.

On the evening of the final masterclass NYOJ students performed all four movements of the Apollo Suite which they had perfected with the help of the visiting musicians, opening for the visitors’ free performance at the UWI Chapel.

Click here to view pictures from the three day workshop and performance

Russian Embassy celebrates Federation Day 2013

DSC_1128The Russian Embassy called upon the NYOJ students once again to usher in their Federation Day celebrations. This year’s performance included support from the NYOJ’s brass and woodwind sections.

Click here to view  pictures from the event.

The International Women’s Forum 2013

DSC_0888 The NYOJ’s senior orchestra give a wonderful performance at this year’s International Women’s Forum Conference held in Montego Bay, Jamaica. For some orchestra participants this was their first trip to the island’s north west and it’s certainly an experience none of them will soon forgot. Performing for a few hundred of the world’s most prominent and successful female leaders the students played; The Apollo Suite’s Prelude, The Bear Dance, A Medley of Jamaican Waltzes, Etana’s Roots and the South African folk anthem Shosholoza.

View snippets of their performances here.

See pictures from the amazing day here.

Europe Day Celebrations with the EU Delegation

DG7_5987NYOJ students performed for guests of the EU Delegation at the annual Europe Day celebrations. The NYOJ’s newest choir instructor, Ana Strachan, sang the Jamaican National Anthem accompanied by the student orchestra. The head of the EU Delegation, Ambassador Paola Amadei expressed appreciation for the NYOJ students’ performance and remarked that “the group is a testament that the support offered by the EU through the Poverty Reduction Programme was effective and worthwhile”

Click here to view pictures from the event.