Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra

Denis Wick

(2018 Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra)

sponsored by/commandité par: 


                                                                                        Amy Horvey

MusicFest Canada, “The Nationals” invites you to audition for the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, an honour group for students 16 to 24.  The ensemble will rehearse from Sunday, May 12th to Friday, May 18th in Toronto, culminating with a concert on May 18th.

The 2024 DWCWO will gather in the preparation and presentation of wind band masterworks, under the direction of Dr. Mark Hopkins and Dr. Gillian MacKay. This year’s featured artist is Amy Horvey. sponsored by Denis Wick (London) and Yamaha Canada Music. All DWCWO musicians will receive a masterclass from an esteemed university instructor.  Participation in the DWCWO includes eligibility for some of more than $50,000 of industry-sponsored scholarships.

Auditions close on January 22, 2024.  The fee for successful applicants is $60.

Accommodations for out-of-town honour ensemble members have been arranged at the University of Toronto.  Honour ensemble members are encouraged to stay at the university, but ARE NOT required to do so.

MusicFest is subsidizing the cost to have participants reside close to the rehearsal locations. Because of this subsidy, they are limited to members of the honour groups and can only be booked through the MusicFest Canada office. These arrangements are limited to six (6) nights only. For those wishing to stay at the University of Toronto, the cost is $499.00 for the week. If you have a preference for the person sharing the room, that can be indicated on your online registration if you are accepted into the ensemble.

Check In: Sunday, May 12, 2024 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Check Out: Saturday, May 18, 2024 11:00am

Transportation to and from Toronto is the responsibility of each individual musician. Any honour ensemble member travelling by air to Toronto will be met promptly by MusicFest staff either wearing a MusicFest T-shirt and/or carrying a MusicFest sign. We will provide ground transportation to the university (and back).



The 2024 DWCWO percussion section will be drawn from the Woodshed Canadian Percussion Ensemble.  Percussionists should apply for DWCWO/WCPE through the DWCWO audition portal. The WCPE experience is included in the DWCWO $60 fee. 


If you are interested in the 2024 Young Conductor Residency program, please see the following link:

DWCWO Young Conductor Residency

If you have audition questions, email Dr. Mark Hopkins (


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