New season starts Sept 12th!

It is hard to believe it, but it’s mid-August already and that means a new Nova Musica season will begin. We will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, September 12 at the Crestwood Community Hall. Rehearsal time is 7:30-9:30 pm. Take a look at the repertoire page and start practising! I think we are all looking forward to seeing our musical friends again.

Spring Concert Time!

Nova Musica invites you to join our spring concert at Crestwood Community League (14325 96 Ave, Edmonton) on May 23, 2023

The concert begins at at 7pm and will feature pieces by Beethoven, Offenbach, Satie and Frame.

Admission is by donation, all proceeds are going to the Mustard Seed. Join us!

A Festive Concert!

Join Nova Musica on December 6, 2022, at the Crestwood Community League (14325-96 Ave) for a Festive concert to start the holiday season! The concert begins at 7:30 pm. Admission is free but we will be collecting monetary donations for the Edmonton Food Bank. Join us!

Nova Musica Concert May 14

Nova Musica is pleased to present a concert on May 14th at the Crestwood Community League. We will be performing pieces by Hummel, Mozart, Warlock and Arthur Sullivan.

1:00-2:00 pm May 14, 2022

Location: Crestwood Community Hall 14325 96 Ave

Admission by donation

*We respectfully ask that masks be worn during the performance to protect the vulnerable

Nova Musica would like to express its gratitude to the Crestwood Community League for the use of the community hall for our rehearsals. ​All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Crestwood Community League Phase 3 Redevelopment Project

Back to the Music – Nova Resumes In-Person Rehearsals

It has been nearly two years since the global pandemic put a pause to Nova Musica’s rehearsals and concerts. On November 16th that pause came to an end as members gathered at the Crestwood Community League for our first post-pandemic rehearsal. There were some faces missing and also some new ones to welcome. With Covid-19 safety protocols in place, the board is now optimistic we will be able to meet again weekly and hopefully offer concerts again in the Spring of 2022. If you are interested in joining us, reach out to

A Tribute to Donna MacDermid

Today Nova Musica is saying goodbye to a longstanding member who left us suddenly and too soon. Donna MacDermid, our principal flute player passed away suddenly at home on August 12th, 2021. 

Donna was a very active and lively member of Nova Musica. She had a bubbly personality and a sharp wit that brought joy to everyone around her. She was an exceptional musician, whose beautiful flute solos often soared above the sound of strings and other wind instruments.

Donna was particularly proud of a duet arrangement of Bist Du Bei Mir by J.S. Bach she performed with her daughter Heather at our winter concerts in 2018. Even when the pandemic forced Nova to suspend rehearsals, Donna was a regular attendee at Nova music appreciation nights, which we used as a small way to connect to one another in our love for music.

Together with Cheryl Vinge, I played flute next to Donna for several years. We were ‘flute buddies’ as we liked to call it. We not only rehearsed together, but we often played duets, attended concerts and workshops. Our friendship was founded in our shared love for music, but it branched out into many aspects of life. We were frequently sharing book recommendations, recipes and Donna was always interested in what we were doing in our lives. 

Donna was a supportive force, always encouraging us to try harder parts, often making us laugh with her off-hand rehearsal commentary. One Christmas she gave us all flute socks and we wore them with pride. She admired flute players like Sir James Galway and Gareth McLearnon and the frequent video shares in our Facebook messages always brought a smile to our faces followed by heated discussions about how challenging the piece would be to play.

The loss of Donna is sudden and leaves a big hole in the Nova Musica family. I do believe, however, that Donna would want us to continue to make music together and so we shall. 

Nova Musica Community Orchestra would like to extend condolences to Donna’s daughter Heather, and her extended family for their loss.

Hanne Pearce

Join us for Pageantry & Princesses: A Holiday Concert!

Pageantry & Princesses Poster

Nova Musica invites you to join us for a holiday concert that showcases pageantry and music about princesses! The concert program includes music by Haydn, Rossini, Holiday classics and a medley of music from the motion picture Frozen. Join us on December 17th at 7pm at the Cité Francophone, 8627 – 91 Street. Admission is by donation. There is also a Facebook event online to share with family and friends.

Nova AGM is September 24th

Nova’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 24th during the first part of our rehearsal time.

We are putting the call out for people to stand for election to the board. The positions that have become vacant are Treasurer, Concert Coordinator, and Ways and Means. A brief description  of the duties of the various board positions is available in the member handbook, which can be found in the for members section.


The 2019-2020 Season begins soon!

Attention music lovers! Alas, Summer is coming to an end, but there is still something to look forward to: Nova Musica will start its 2019-2020 Season on Tuesday September 10 – 7:30pm-10:00pm

Yes it’s time to get the band back together but we also welcome new members. We currently have vacancies for bassoons, low brass and strings. Please contact us at if you are interested in joining.

Returning members please stay tuned for the new repertoire list – it will be up repertoire page soon. See you in a few weeks!