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Monday, August 4, 2014

Peterborough Native, Claire Motyer tours Canada with NYO

Peterborough, ON – Peterborough’s own Claire Motyer will be touring Canada with the National Youth Orchestra this summer.  A recent ‘graduate’ of the Kawartha Youth Orchestra, Claire has just completed her first year of violin studies at McGill University this spring.

For more than fifty years, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada has enjoyed an iconic reputation as Canada’s orchestral finishing school, providing the most comprehensive and in-depth training program available to our country’s best young classical musicians.  Starting this week, young Canadian from 16-28 will be touring from Montreal to Vancouver, including Peterborough native, Claire Motyer.
Claire honed her musical abilities from a young age and played in the Kawartha Youth Orchestra for eight years under the tutelage of her teacher and string coach, Witold Swoboda and Music Director Michael Newnham.  In a phone interview, Claire was effusive about the role KYO played in helping her get into NYO and McGill University: “I’m the Associate Principal (leader) of the second violin section in some pieces on the tour, so the leadership role of concertmaster that I played at KYO helped, and obviously having orchestral experience! Younger players in the strings still have trouble playing together with a group and that comes from practicing together in an orchestra, not just alone at home on your instrument.”
Claire notes that the KYO is a “really accepting step toward the NYO and the professional orchestral world in general.  It’s also a great social experience where you get to meet other people who are in the same boat who are interested in classical music, which can get be hard to do.  Also to work with Michael, and considering the size of Peterborough we’re lucky to have him and Witold both as well as the other coaches.”
What’s so great about NYO?
·       The NYOC received the prestigious title, “best youth orchestra in the world” at the World Youth Orchestra conference in Tokyo and again in Edinburgh.·       The NYOC’s training session consists of full orchestral rehearsals, sectionals, private lessons and career development workshops.·       In 2009, the NYOC was nominated for Classical Album of the Year, at the Juno Awards (Canadian music awards)·       Claire Motyer: “I love it, meeting with other musicians, peers and coaches and I’ll likely meet these folks later in my career – 1 in 3 NYO musicians go on to work in professional orchestras! Even all our coaches were in NYO when they were younger.”Claire plans to finish her undergrad at McGill and is considering pursuing her Masters of Music in the States or perhaps auditioning for orchestral work and gaining more experience before the next level of schooling.  Meanwhile, you can find out where Claire is on the tour by visiting
Kawartha Youth Orchestra Auditions: Young musicians in the Haliburton, Peterborough, Northumberland and the Kawartha regions can start their orchestral journeys with the Kawartha Youth Orchestra on Saturday, September 6th.  Young musicians from 12-24 who play woodwinds, strings or percussion are invited book an audition time at (705) 931-7539 or by emailing  Visit for more information.

Date:                  Saturday, September 6th 2014
Location:          Sadleir House at 751 George Street, Peterborough

Organization Contact:            Tori Owen, KYO Coordinator
Phone:                                             (705) 931-7539

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