Artist Development

For those of you aspiring to become professional artists, here’s your chance to work with artists, in specialized programs where you can gain first-hand training, mentorship and career guidance in the performing arts.

In the Spotlight

NAC Orchestra Mentorship Program

Play it forward! A bold and innovative new professional development initiative for talented pre-professional and early career professional orchestral musicians from around the world. Apply by February 7.

Current Programs

  • NAC Orchestra Mentorship Program

    for pre-professional and early-career artists

      Ages 18+

    Hone your orchestral skills under the mentorship of the musicians of one of North America’s leading orchestras. This unique side-by-side program offers exceptional learning opportunities, including rehearsals and … read more

  • NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition

      Secondary, Post-secondary Ages 16+

    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 … read more

  • Honouring First Nations in the Music Classroom

    Digital Workshop for Teachers with Sherryl...

      Post-secondary, Professional Ages 18+

    Appropriation, Resources, and Approaching Community Join the cross-cultural teaching artist duo Samantha Whelan Kotkas and Sherryl Sewepagaham (Cree-Dene) as they guide through an introduction to honouring First Nations … read more

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    Jorie Butler-Geyer, IOS Apprentice

    “I knew that playing with the NACO would be an amazing opportunity to live out my dream of playing in a world-class ensemble. I also realized that this program would give me the real-life orchestral experience I desperately desired.”

  • June 10, 11 and 12

    The Green Rooms: The Earth is Watching… Let’s Act

    Join us for spirited conversations with leaders in fields such as climate activism, ecological economy and environmental humanities, as well as with theatre artists and leaders who have found innovative ways to engage with the climate crisis.

  • Podcast

    Stage Advice

    Join NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley as she chats with artistic leaders from across the theatrical spectrum, about the daily dilemmas, tough questions and thorny challenges that come with the job.

Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. The Music Alive Program is made possible thanks to the leadership support of National Partner, The Azrieli Foundation, and Major Supporters, The Slaight Family Foundation and TD Bank Group. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.

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