The National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada) has announced the precedent-setting appointment of Naomi Woo as Music Director for its 2024/2025 seasons. Maestra Woo will be the first woman to hold the position in the organization’s history. Naomi was a Chamber Music Institute Fellow in 2016.
Canadian conductor & pianist Naomi Woo is a widely sought-after symphonic and operatic conductor and educator and the 2022 winner of the Canada Council’s prestigious Virginia Parker Prize. After a successful tenure as assistant conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra she joins the Orchestre Métropolitain Montréal as Artistic Partner from the 2023-24 season and the Philadelphia Orchestra as assistant conductor from the 24-25 season.
Highlights of her auspicious 23-24 season include conducting engagements with the Orchestre Métropolitain, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and National Arts Center Orchestra; two appearances with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, where she is a music director finalist; and a tour of England leading English Touring Opera’s Cindarella. As an assistant/cover conductor Naomi works with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, and Orchestre Métropolitain, and she conducts classical subscription concerts with the Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Orchestre symphonique de la Côte-Nord, Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Thunder Bay Symphony.