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2022 NAC Orchestra Bursary Finals

Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion & Timpani


BOZZA, Fantaisie pastorale, Op. 37 (complete)
Glenda Lindgren, oboe
Frédéric Lacroix, piano

NIELSEN, Concerto for Flute, I. Allegro moderato
Annie Noël-de-Tilly, flute
Philippe Prudhomme, piano

MOZART, Concerto for bassoon in B flat Major, K. 191, I. Allegro
Robert (Bobby) Thompson, bassoon
Frédéric Lacroix, piano

R. STRAUSS, Concerto for Oboe in D Major, Op. 144, I. Allegro moderato
Luca Ortolani, oboe
Frédéric Lacroix, piano

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WEBER, Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 73, III. Rondo 
Peter Perez, clarinet
Frédéric Lacroix, piano

TANSMAN, Sonatine for Bassoon and Piano, I. Allegro con moto
Nadia Ingalls, bassoon
Judy Ginsberg, piano

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra, I. Rondo pastorale
Kira Shiner, oboe
Frédéric Lacroix, piano

DAVID, Three Imaginary Landscapes, Sonata for Bass Trombone and Piano, I. The Miskatonic at Dunwich
Eric Prodger, bs. trombone
Judy Ginsburg, piano

This afternoon, the performers will play the following orchestral excerpts in addition to their program piece:


BRAHMS, Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77, II. Adagio
RAVEL, Le tombeau de Couperin, Prélude
STRAVINSKY, Pulcinella Suite, Serenata


STRAVINSKY, Firebird (1919)
BRAHMS, Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 9, IV. Allegro energico e passionato
RAVEL, Daphnis et Chloé


MOZART, The Marriage of Figaro, Overture, mm. 139-171, mm. 214-236
SHOSTAKOVICH, Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 70, IV. Largo, V. Allegretto.
STRAVINSKY, Le Sacre de Printemps (2 excerpts)


SCHUBERT, Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D.759 “Unfinished”, II. Andante con moto, mm 66-83
MENDELSSOHN, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “Scherzo” (2 excerpts)
KODÁLY, Dances of Galánta (mm. 31-65)

Bass trombone

WAGNER, Das Rheingold, Entry of the gods into Valhalla (Mäßig bewegt)
HAYDN, Die Schöpfung (“The Creation”)
BERLIOZ, Hungarian March (mm 89 – end)

Bursary Committee

Roderick Bell, Outgoing Chair  
Jane Clark, Incoming Chair  
Leah Roseman, Upper strings  
Leah Wyber, Lower strings  
Kimball Sykes, Winds  
Donald Renshaw, Brass, percussion and timpani  
Christine McLaughlin, Friends of the NAC Orchestra representative  
Kelly Symons, NACO Bursary Committee Secretary and NAC Music Artist Training Officer  
Emily Calongcagong, NAC Music Artist Training Associate

Bursary Jury

Roderick Bell, Outgoing Chair, non-voting member 
Jane Clark, Incoming Chair, non-voting member 
Leah Roseman, Upper Strings 
Leah Wyber, Lower Strings 
Kimball Sykes, Winds 
Donald Renshaw, Brass 
Christine McLaughlin, Friends of the NAC Orchestra representative, non-voting

Special Guests

Andrew Tunis, Pianist, Professor Emeritus
School of Music, University of Ottawa 

Laurence Ewashko, Professor
School of Music, University of Ottawa 

Brief history

The National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition was first held in 1981. The Bursary was created by the musicians of the NAC Orchestra as a gesture of appreciation to the audiences who had been so supportive of the orchestra during its first decade. It is meant to provide recognition and financial support to help further the development of young instrumentalists who have connections to the National Capital Region (NCR) and aspire to orchestral careers.

In 1981, one prize of $1,000 – the NAC Orchestra Bursary – was awarded. In subsequent years, thanks to the growth of the NAC Orchestra Bursary Trust Fund as well as the generosity of organizations and individuals, other prizes have been added for a total in 2022 of $21,700.

All prizes are intended for music students aged 16 to 24 whose family residence is in the NCR or whose principal residence has been in the NCR in the immediately preceding year or who have been following a recognized course of music study in the NCR over that year. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Each year, a jury identifies deserving recipients through audition and competition.

The prime objective of the NAC Orchestra Bursary competition is to encourage the pursuit of excellence. In this context the Jury, in determining the successful candidates, will bear particularly in mind the following:

a) candidates’ existing level of musical achievement; 

b) candidates’ aptitude for further development through training; 

c) the nature of the solo programme (including level of difficulty) proposed by each candidate.

The Jury reserves the right not to recommend an award. Winners of the NAC Orchestra Bursary are ineligible to enter subsequent NAC Orchestra Bursary competitions. The Crabtree Foundation Award and the Friends of NAC Orchestra Award may not be given more than once, and all other awards not more than twice, to the same person. Awards may not be split between competitors. 

Bursary, awards and prizes

The NAC Orchestra Bursary ($7,000)

The NAC Orchestra Bursary is the top prize in the competition. One award of $7,000 is available to the most deserving candidate. 

The Crabtree Foundation Award ($5,000) 

This award of $5,000, offered for the first time in 2003, is provided by the Crabtree Foundation. The Foundation is a strong believer in the importance of helping young people. The award’s primary purpose is to encourage a particularly promising young musician to persevere in pursuit of an orchestral career. 

The Friends of the NAC Orchestra Award ($3,000) 

The Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra Award was established in 1993 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the NAC Orchestra. It is intended to further the training of a gifted young musician and to illustrate the Friends’ continuing and deeply felt commitment to the NAC Orchestra. This award of $3,000 is funded by a bequest from James W. Morton who was the founding principal clarinet of the NAC Orchestra, and by generous donations from the Friends of the NAC Orchestra.  

The NAC Orchestra Vic Pomer Award ($2,000) 

The Vic Pomer Award honours one of the founding members of the NAC Orchestra, violinist Victor (Vic) Pomer. This much-loved musician, who died in 2001 at age 70, left the Orchestra in 1995 after 40 years of orchestral performance – 26 of them at the National Arts Centre. As well as performing, Vic was a dedicated teacher. As fellow founding violinist Elaine Klimasko recalls: “Victor guided and encouraged his students in the most devoted way.” This award is intended to support a deserving musician in his or her further education. It was established in 2001 by the NAC Orchestra Bursary Committee and is now worth $2,000. 

The Sturdevant Prize for Orchestral Excerpts ($1,500) 

The NAC Orchestra Special Prize for Excerpts was renamed The Sturdevant Prize for Orchestral Excerpts in 2016 to honour NAC retiree Douglas (Pace) Sturdevant. The prize was established by the NAC Orchestra Bursary Committee to recognize outstanding performance of prescribed orchestral excerpts by any of the eight finalists in the competition. This prize of $1,500 is available to any of the finalists regardless of whether the recipient has otherwise won a prize in the competition. 

The Friends of the NAC Orchestra Evelyn Greenberg Award ($1,500) 

This $1,500 award, established in 2019 by the Friends of the NAC Orchestra, is in recognition of Evelyn Greenberg’s vision and dedication as the founding president of the Friends in 1969, and of her extraordinary work as a collaborative pianist with the NAC Orchestra and with Ottawa music students.

Piccolo Prix ($1,000) 

The $1,000 Piccolo Prix has been awarded since 2001. It is currently financed through the generosity of two of the National Arts Centre’s most dedicated volunteers and Donors’ Circle members, David, and Susan Laister.

Honourable Mentions (up to two prizes of $350) 

In 2002, the NACO Bursary Committee decided to recognize the merit of those who reach the Finals but do not receive an award. Such candidates will receive an Honourable Mention accompanied by an award of $350 generously funded by Donald MacLeod.

Thank you to our donors and supporters
The NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition is supported by The Crabtree Foundation, the Friends of the NAC Orchestra, David and Susan Laister, Wendy Hanna, Donald MacLeod, the NAC Foundation, and individual donors to the NAC Orchestra Trust Fund.