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  • To provide all children and youth with the experience of live music;
  • To develop young talent and promote emerging artists toward a professional career.

JMO accomplishes its mission though two streams: 

  • Concerts and workshops for Young Audiences
  • Emerging Artists concerts, opera tours, and the Maureen Forrester Award Tour

Each year, JMO actively seeks out the finest emerging artists, providing them with valuable touring, training, and performance opportunities.  The artists chosen to tour Ontario are of the highest caliber, have been trained in how to communicate with audiences, and serve as role models for others.


Founded in 1979, Jeunesses Musicales Ontario (JMO) is a provinical affiliate of Jeunesses Musicales Canada (JMC), and Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI). For thirty-five years, the finest Canadian artists have toured Ontario and delighted audiences across the province with engaging concerts designed for diverse audiences.

The Jeunesses Musicales movement was founded in Brussels during World War II by René Nicoly and Marcel Cuvelier in response to the Nazi youth movement.  They believed that the universal language of music would combat forces of racism and intolerance.  In 1945, an international non-governmental federation was founded, today known as Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) with forty-five member countries, including Jeunesses Musicales Canada (JMC), founded in 1949.

UNESCO considers the Jeunesses Musicales International movement to be the world’s most important cultural organization for youth and music:  it brings together some sixty countries and reaches out to over 2,000 cities around the globe.


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