Thomastik-Infeld Canadian String Orchestra

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2018 Thomastik-infeld Canadian String Orchestra

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The Thomastik-Infeld Canadian String Orchestra (TICSO) invites advanced string players aged 14 to 24 to audition.  The 2021 TICSO will partner with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in the virtual preparation and presentation of orchestra masterworks, under the direction of Maestro Alexander Shelley (Musical Director, National Arts Centre Orchestra).  All TICSO musicians will receive a private lesson and a sectional from esteemed NACO professionals.

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.

Entrance is by audition—follow this link to learn how to audition. Auditions close on March 1, 2021.  The fee for successful applicants is $50. If you have any questions about the TICSO, please email Dr. Tony Leong (

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