The Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra

Denis Wick

2018 Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra

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The 2021 “virtual’ DWCWO will partner with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Carleton University in the virtual preparation and presentation of wind band masterworks, under the direction of Dr. Mark Hopkins and Dr. Gillian MacKay. All DWCWO musicians will receive a private lesson from an esteemed orchestra/university professional and a sectional from a NACO musician.

Of special interest this year is the MusicFest Institute.  MusicFest Canada has formed an historic partnership with the National Youth Band of Canada (NYB) to present a series of lectures and masterclasses for all MusicFest Honour Ensemble members and all NYB members by world-class musicians in April and May 2021.  Membership in any of the MusicFest Honour Ensembles includes access to these optional learning and listening experiences, which will feature esteemed orchestra, wind band, choral and jazz musicians from across North America.

Auditions close on March 1, 2021.  The fee for successful applicants is $50.

In addition, high-school age members can apply to audition for some of more than $100,000 of industry-sponsored scholarships. Please contact us if you have any questions.



The 2021 DWCWO percussion section will be drawn from the Woodshed Canadian Percussion Ensemble.  VERY IMPORTANT: Please see the WCPE for information about how to audition.  Percussion registrants may submit their audition material through either the WCPE link or the DWCWO link.


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

DWCWO Young Conductors Residency

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

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