Artist Training Programs

The National Arts Centre Orchestra is uniquely positioned to identify and foster talented individuals in the performing arts. Promising musicians are given significant training and performance opportunities through the many programmes of the NAC Orchestra.

Summer Music Institute (SMI)

In 1999, the National Arts Centre's Music Director Pinchas Zukerman founded the Young Artists Programme (YAP) with just 10 students. Over the years, the programme has grown to include the Conductors Programme (CP) directed by Maestro Kenneth Kiesler and the Composers Programme (CMP) directed by NAC Award Composer, Gary Kulesha. Together, they make up what we know today as the Summer Music Institute.


NAC Institute for Orchestral Studies

The National Arts Centre's Institute for Orchestral Studies (IOS) will begin its eighth year in September 2014. Established under the guidance of National Arts Centre Orchestra Music Director Pinchas Zukerman, the IOS is an apprenticeship program designed to prepare highly talented young musicians for successful orchestral careers, and is funded by the National Arts Centre Foundation through the National Youth and Education Trust.

NACO Bursary Competition

The NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition provides Canadian music students the opportunity to compete for several cash prizes from a purse of up to $18,500. Eligible candidates must be between the ages of 16 and 24 whose family homes or principal residences are in the National Capital Region (Canada) and who are pursuing careers as professional orchestral musicians. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.