January 13, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Panel Discussion: NAC Orchestra Artist Training

NAC Orchestra 50th Anniversary Celebration

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*Please note: new start time 1:30pm (instead of 1:15pm)

The National Arts Centre’s Young Artists Program (YAP) supported the development of top young artists from across Canada and around the world from 1999-2019. Our Institute for Orchestral Studies (IOS) is a unique apprenticeship program that supports young musicians aspiring to orchestral careers. The NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition has provided audition experience and financial support to talented students in the National Capital Region since 1981.

Alumni of each of these elite initiatives join Pace Sturdevant (the Orchestra’s former principal trumpet and former Manager of Artist Training) to share their experiences in these high-level music training programs. Guests Kitty Chan (uOttawa IOS alumna), Lara Deutsch (Bursary Competition winner in 2014 and YAP alumna), and Jacob van der Sloot (YAP and Bursary alumnus and 2019-20 IOS apprentice) describe how these training programs and the support of the NAC Orchestra changed the trajectory of their careers.

Join us in this second of a series of three lively conversations exploring the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s illustrious 50-year history. This series of discussions will feature memories and highlights from some of its longest-serving players, its dedicated and talented educators, and the extraordinary young artists the Orchestra has mentored and inspired over the years.

The NAC’s 50th anniversary events and programs are made possible with support from Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D. and Michael Paterson, Bonnie and John Buhler, Alice and Grant Burton, Margaret Fountain, C.M., DFA (h) and David Fountain, C.M., Elinor Gill Ratcliffe, C.M., O.N.L., LL.D. (hc). Janice and Earle O’Born, Gail O’Brien, LL.D. and David O’Brien, O.C., and Dasha Shenkman, OBE, Hon RCM.

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  • Host Pace Sturdevant
  • viola Jacob van der Sloot