Jeunesses Musicales Ontario
Jeunesses Musicales Ontario's (JMO) Artistic vision can be summed up in the following key points:
-To provide all children and youth with the experience of live music;
-To develop young talent and promote emerging artists toward a professional career.
Developing Young Talent
For more than 30 years, JMO has dedicated itself to providing Ontario and Canada’s leading emerging artists with touring and concert opportunities.
-Youth and family concerts;
-Solo and chamber music concerts;
-Opera performances (complete with costumes, sets, subtitles [English or French], singers, and piano accompaniment).
These concerts take place in concert venues, schools, and community centers across the province, from large urban areas to remote communities. JMO artists are chosen through an audition process each year with a panel made up of artistic staff from Jeunesses Musicales Ontario.
We believe that all people and especially children should have exposure to and access to live music. JMO is dedicated to the promotion of music to children, youth, and adults.
JMO is a bilingual organization and caters to Ontario’s English and French communities and artists. Concerts, youth concerts, and the opera are available in English and French.
JMO Alumni include:
Tom Allen, Trombone & Host of CBC's Shift
James Anagnoson, piano
Martin Beaver, violin
Daniel Bolshoy, guitar
Russel Braun, baritone
James Campbell, clarinet
Cecilia String Quartet
James Ehnes, violin
Guy Few, pianist, trumpeter, cornist & singer
Maureen Forrester, contralto
Stewart Goodyear, piano
Ofra Harnoy, cello
Anton Kuerti, piano
Malcom Lowe, violin
Julie Nesrallah, mezzo-soprano & host of CBC's Tempo
James Parker, piano
Thomas Rolston, violin & conductor
Robert Silverman, piano
Thoughts about art and community:
-The arts and its impact on the city of Toronto have taken on a heightened sense of urgency given the last civil election
-Art draws communities together, be in concerts, events (Nuit Blanche, street festivals, etc.), youth and family programming, and is an outlet for creativity and expression, be it for professional or amateur artists and performers.
-all great cities of the world have a high level of an arts and cultural scene - New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Toronto
-art should be accessible to everyone regardless of income or education - it should not be elitist
-art provides a voice for the community be in a street fair or city-wide
-without art a city lacks a voice, an identity