Artist Development

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+

    Offered in English only 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 … read more

  • Presentation Workshop: Auditioning, Public Speaking and...

    virtual workshop with Kate Smith

      Grade 9-12 Ages 13+

    Offered in English only Do you have an audition coming up? A public speaking engagement? A job interview? Want to learn the skills needed to hold their attention? Stand out by learning the tricks of the trade from a … read more

  • Scene Workshop

    virtual workshop with Kate Smith

      Grade 9-12 Ages 13+

    Offered in English only In this workshop, participants will be cast in scenes from plays and learn the steps necessary to break them down. Participants will gain an understanding of Beats, Relationships, Objectives, … read more

  • MusicFest Canada: The Nationals

      Grade 6-12 Ages 12-19

    The National Arts Centre collaborates with artists and arts organizations across Canada to help create a national stage for the performing arts, and acts as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across the … read more

  • Institute for Orchestral Studies

    with the NAC Orchestra

      University, undergraduate/graduate Ages 19+

    Apprentice as a string musician with the world-class National Arts Centre Orchestra in the Institute for Orchestral Studies (IOS); find out what’s involved and apply! … read more

  • Coffee with a Choreographer

    digital conversation

      Professional

    Now in its fifth year, Coffee with a Choreographer will be reinvented this season as a digital offering until we can regroup again live. “C with a C”  provides unique opportunities to exchange ideas with … read more

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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