The New World Philharmonic Orchestra (NWPO) began life in 1987. Founded to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Town of Mount Royal, its first name was the Mount Royal Symphony Orchestra. Committed to nurturing young talent, the orchestra held an annual competition until 1998, which
uncovered talent such as that of Karina Gauvin, Daniel Taylor and Alexandre da Costa. When Michel Brousseau, a guest conductor of the orchestra since 1994, became its artistic director and principal conductor four years later, he continued its support for young talent, particularly in the Laurentians. The orchestra has also performed concerts giving tribute to local composers such as André Prévost and Jacques Hétu. It’s this scope of activities that led the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec to the award the Grand Prize for artistic creation to Michel Brousseau for the Laurentian region in 2006.