Total awards up to $19,000

Application Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.



*N.B. Effective for the 2015 NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition, odd years (e.g. 2015, 2017, and so on) will be exclusively dedicated to woodwind, brass and percussion instruments and even years (i.e. 2016, 2018, and so on) will be exclusively dedicated to string instruments. Therefore, applications for string instruments (including violin, viola, cello, double bass and harp) will be accepted as of January 2016.


Preliminary Auditions (closed event)

Saturday, May 23, 2015
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rehearsal Hall A, National Arts Centre

Sunday, May 24, 2015
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rehearsal Hall B, National Arts Centre


Finals (free admission)

Monday, May 25, 2015
1 p.m.
Studio, National Arts Centre


About the NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition

The National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition was first held in 1981. The prime objective of the competition is to encourage the pursuit of excellence on the part of young instrumentalists aspiring to orchestral careers. Each year, a jury identifies deserving recipients through audition and competition.

The Bursary was created in 1979 by members of the NAC Orchestra as a gesture of appreciation to the audiences who had been so supportive of it during its first decade. It is meant to provide recognition and financial support to help further the development of young musicians who have connections to the National Capital Region (NCR). Funding for the award came originally from two sources: the NAC Orchestra Bursary Fund created in 1979 by the members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the NAC Orchestra Trust (originally the Capital Trust founded in 1932 to benefit the Ottawa Philharmonic Society which on its demise in 1970 transferred the income to the NAC). It is now known as the NAC Orchestra Trust Fund.

In 1981, one prize of $1,000 – the NAC Orchestra Bursary – was awarded. In subsequent years, thanks to the growth of the Fund as well as the generosity of private organizations and individuals, prizes now total $19,000.

Contact Us

For further information about the NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition, please contact the National Arts Centre Music Education Office:

Telephone: 613-947-7000, ext. 325
Fax: 613-992-5225