New Brunswick

Young musicians get chance to learn from world's best in Mexico City

Eight musicians with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and Sistema travelled to Mexico City this week to learn from some of the world's best musicians.

N.B. Youth Orchestra and Sistema members travelled to Mexico for international workshop and performance

8 young musicians from New Brunswick got the opportunity this week to learn from some of the world's best conductors, composers and musicians in Mexico City. (Submitted by Ken MacLeod)

Eight musicians with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and Sistema travelled to Mexico City this week to learn from some of the world's best musicians.

They took part in a pan-American workshop conference that included 800 musicians from across the Americas, according to youth orchestra CEO Ken MacLeod.

"Throughout all of our programs ... our mission is the same, it's to inspire youth to achieve their full potential," he ​told Shift New Brunswick on Friday. "At home they're exposed to really great teachers and here in Mexico City, they likewise have the chance to be exposed to these great teachers and composers and conductors.

The musicians were part of a 4-day workshop involving students from across the Americas. (Submitted by Ken MacLeod)

"It challenges them to do their best and to reach another level in terms of development of their skill and their talent."

There are more than 1,000 children in their orchestra programs in New Brunswick, MacLeod said. 

There are students from North, South and Central America invited to the event at the National Theatre in Mexico City. Of the 14 Canadians attending, eight are from New Brunswick, according to MacLeod.

One of the conductors the students will be meeting is Gustavo Dudamel, the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela.

Grace Hamilton, who plays the trombone, said she was excited to play with other students from other countries.

Grace Hamilton, a trombonist from the Moncton area, rehearsing with other students at the workshop in Mexico City. (New Brunswick Youth Orchestra/Facebook)

"Everyone's amazing, from the teachers to the other students that are there, everyone's just awesome, they're at the top level," she said. "It's super interesting to see the different languages and the different cultural customs and we're still able to make music together.

"I think that it just shows that music is an international language."

With files from Shift New Brunswick