The idea of a Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra germinated in Bridgewater, where Robert Raines was conducting the South Shore Orchestra. Raines had some students assisting in the orchestra, and that was when the thought arose that Nova Scotia should have a provincial youth orchestra. Frances Power became a co-founder and Robert Raines the first Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra conductor. Forty years later, the orchestra was described by renowned professional conductors as one of the finest youth orchestras in Canada.