May 20, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Pre-professional artists

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.

Upcoming Events

In the Spotlight

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.”

Current Programs

  • MusicFest Canada: The Nationals

    May 24-29, 2021

      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

  • 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

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  • 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

    NAC Dance podcasts

    The NAC Dance podcast features fascinating conversations between NAC Dance Producer Cathy Levy and some of the world’s most exciting dance artists.

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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