May 1 to 19, 2023 | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

NAC Orchestra Mentorship Program
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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 career-development opportunities, centred around rehearsals and performances of major contemporary and classic symphonic works with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Open to instrumental and conducting candidates

Applications are open to instrumentalists aged 18+ who are completing their performance degree, are on the audition circuit, or have recently started a position in a professional orchestra. International applicants welcome.

Conducting candidates should be in their final year of study in a conducting program or in the early stages of their career and have a wide knowledge of orchestral repertoire. In 2022-2023, this is open to Canadian conducting candidates only. 

All participants will receive an honorarium, free accommodations, and a meal allowance. Travel subsidies will be available. 

Location and land acknowledgement

The NAC Orchestra Mentorship Program takes place in the National Arts Centre’s Southam Hall, uOttawa School of Music’s Pérez Hall, and associated internal rehearsal spaces. All of these venues and spaces are in the city of Ottawa, Canada’s officially bilingual capital city.

We recognize the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation on whose traditional unceded territory the NAC is located. We gratefully acknowledge them as the past, present, and future stewards of this land.