Young Artist Program

Inspiring the next generation for over 40 years.

A central component of Scotia Festival of Music is its Young Artist Program, sponsored by Scotiabank. A Young Artist at Scotia Festival of Music is immersed in a two-week study of the art of music making. The next Young Artist Program will run from May 24 – June 7, 2020.

Chosen by recorded audition, advanced music students and young professionals from across North America and abroad work intensively with our guest artists, receiving chamber music coaching, masterclasses, lectures, orchestral and chamber performance opportunities, including the possibility of playing in an orchestral gala performance.

Please email if you have any questions.

“The coachings were excellent, and the opportunity to perform and take in performances of such quality was priceless.”

— Young Artist

2018 Composer-in-Residence Philip Glass coaching young artists.

2018 Composer-in-Residence Philip Glass coaching young artists.

For Scotia Festival 2020, we have the following openings available:

12 violins
6 viola
6 cellos
1 double bass
2 clarinets
6 pianists

Program Costs

Tuition: $600
With Billeting: $750

There is a non-refundable application fee of $25.

Applications will be open soon.


“Having the chance to perform with some of Canada's best musicians and conductor was a phenomenal learning experience.”

— Young Artist


BILLETING - Billeting accommodations with a host family are available for an additional cost of $150. Meals are NOT included in your tuition fees. The host families provide accommodation only and are not expected to provide food or transportation. The billet homes are usually within walking distance of Dalhousie University, where the festival takes place. These billet homes are based on a first come first serve basis.

RESIDENCE - If you don’t want to be billeted, Dalhousie University residences are the way to go. Howe Hall is the closest, virtually across the street from the Dalhousie Arts Centre. Howe Hall is a residence style accommodation. Click here for more information.

Transportation and Parking

Halifax Stanfield International Airport is well served by variety of airlines, and offers direct flights from numerous Canadian cities, New York and Boston in the U.S., and London, Glasgow and Dublin in Europe.

Halifax Transit's bus and ferry system is very easy to use, and offers a route to and from the airport. Fares start at $2.50.

Halifax is a very walkable city; it's doubtful that you'll need a car. If you do choose to drive, parking can be difficult close to the university. Spaces are few and usually limited to two hours. Parking becomes easier if you’re willing to walk a few blocks. You may still face some time restrictions.

General Information About Halifax

Located on Canada's east coast, right on the Atlantic Ocean, Halifax mixes historic small town charm with big city amenities. As the cultural and economic centre of Atlantic Canada, there's lots to see and do - during the day and at night. For general information about Halifax and how to get here, check out Discover Halifax and Tourism Nova Scotia.


“One of the most wonderful experiences of my life.”

— Young Artist