Application deadline: January 26, 2024 at 5pm ET

Total awards up to $24,200

The NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition encourages the pursuit of excellence on the part of young Canadian instrumentalists aspiring to orchestral careers. Each year, a jury identifies deserving recipients through audition and competition.

2024 competition: Winds, brass, percussion, and timpani

For the 2024 competition, applications will be accepted for musicians playing flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, percussion, and timpani.

Preliminary auditions will take place in Rehearsal Hall B at the NAC on April 5 and 6, 2024, and the final competition will take place at the University of Ottawa School of Music in downtown Ottawa, Ontario on April 7, 2024. Applicants must be available for the duration of the competition.

The NACO Bursary Competition is open to students following a recognized course of music study in preparation for a career as a professional orchestral musician. Applicants must be between 16 and 26 years of age as of the application closing date and have a connection to the National Capital Region (e.g.: grew up in Ottawa or are currently studying in Ottawa).

Strings and harp 

Applications for stringed instruments – violin, viola, cello, double bass – and the harp will be accepted for the 2025 Bursary Competition. Keep playing and check back in December 2024 to apply!