Canada's National Arts Centre

Canada’s National Arts Centre

Performance / Creation / Learning

2011-2012 Season

Education & Training

At the National Arts Centre

2012 Young Artists Program

June 11 - 30, 2012*

Application Deadline: Monday, February 6, 2012

National Arts Centre Orchestra Young Artists Program, 14th Edition
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Pinchas Zukerman, Artistic Director
Patinka Kopec, Co-Artistic Director
* Pre-College Dates: June 18-30

The NAC has been pleased to partner with the OSM Standard Life Competition providing a prize of a YAP full scholarship in 2012 to the first place winner of the Woodwinds category. As a result of the recent 2011 competition, the clarinet position has been filled for this year with the prize going to Eric Abramovitz. The OSM annual competition covers all orchestral and voice categories in a rotating schedule over three years with next year’s categories of piano and percussion. We invite all those clarinettists interested in the YAP to apply next year for 2013.

The Program

For Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Piano

The National Arts Centre Young Artists Program identifies and fosters young, exceptional musical talent through intensive instruction led by Artistic Director Pinchas Zukerman and an internationally-renowned faculty. Founded in 1999 by Pinchas Zukerman, the Young Artists Program offers 70 highly-talented students from across Canada and around the globe the opportunity to take part in Senior or Pre-College level of technical study and chamber music coaching.

The Young Artists Program offers outstanding private instruction and chamber music coaching with additional career-related sessions and career mentoring as well as performance opportunities including public chamber music concerts, public masterclasses, closed works-in-progress sessions and recitals.


Senior Participants

  • Program Duration: 3 weeks (June 11 – 30, 2012)
  • Those accepted display exceptional talent and range in age from young-adult to age 26 (exceptions may apply)

Pre-College Participants

  • Program Duration: 2 weeks (June 18 – 30, 2012)
  • Those accepted display outstanding talent during teen years, beginning at age 12 (exceptions may apply)
  • Students of the Pre-College Program will reside at the University of Ottawa Residence with chaperone supervision
  • Students will have a meal plan at the University of Ottawa
  • The program includes private instruction, chamber music rehearsals and practice time as well as informal



  • All students receive several private lessons, daily chamber music rehearsals &/or coaching
  • Senior Level: Violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano
  • Pre-College Level: Violin, viola, cello


  • Senior Level: flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, horn
  • 5 exceptional wind musicians will be selected for a unique one-on-one mentorship experience with their respective NAC Orchestra Wind Principal on orchestral & solo repertoire and together as a wind quintet coached by all Principals of the NAC Orchestra Wind Quintet.
  • We invite clarinetists interested in the YAP to apply next year for 2013.
    The NAC has already awarded this YAP 2012 position to Eric Abramovitz through a partnership with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montrèal (OSM) Standard Life Competition. For more information please visit the Young Artists Program (YAP) homepage.


  • Senior Level
  • Renowned soprano Benita Valente returns to lead a special vocal component of the YAP providing private instruction, chamber music and a masterclass for 4 exceptional, classically-trained vocalists selected by invitation

Daily schedule (subject to change)

The basic format of each day is made up of morning private lessons, afternoon chamber coaching and practice and evening masterclasses and special musical events.

07:30-08:30 breakfast
08:30-12:30 private practice or lesson
12:30-14:00 lunch
14:00-17:00 chamber music coaching/practice
17:00-19:30 free time / dinner
19:30 evening activities

Contact Information

For technical concerns regarding your ArtsApp submission process please contact:

For Young Artist Program (YAP) inquiries or questions, please contact:
Ms. Christy Harris, Manager, Summer Music Institute
Telephone: 613-947-7000 ext. 568
Fax: 613-943-1400

“I have attended the SMI for fouryears now, and every year I am surprised by the level of musicianship, not just of the world-class faculty but also of the other students. A program like this … can’t help but attract top talent, but every year the SMI seems to reach new and greater heights. Most people would agree that you learn more in these three weeks than at any other time of the year (if not the whole rest of the year combined)!”

Eric Burge,
viola, Young Artists Program 2011