Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra

Denis Wick

(2018 Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra)

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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 14th to Friday, May 19th in Niagara Falls, culminating with a concert on May 19th, featuring guest artist and Yamaha clinician Robert Miller.

The 2023 DWCWO will partner with Western University and McMaster University in the preparation and presentation of wind band masterworks, under the direction of Dr. Mark Hopkins and Dr. Gillian MacKay. 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 March 10, 2023.  The fee for successful applicants is $50.

Accommodations for out-of-town honour ensemble members have been arranged at the Radisson Hotel.  Honour ensemble members are encouraged to stay at the Radisson Hotel, 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 Radisson Hotel, 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 14, 2023 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Check Out: Saturday, May 20, 2023 11:00am

Transportation to and from Niagara Falls 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 transportation from Toronto to Niagara Falls (and back).



The 2023 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 $50 fee. 


If you are interested in the 2023 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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