NAC Orchestra Mentorship Program 
Application and audition requirements

Who can apply?

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. 

One participant for every NAC Orchestra member (full string, full brass, full wind, and full percussion/timpani sections) will be selected to take part in the 2024 Program.

Conducting candidates should be in their final year of study at one of the top schools of music’s conducting program or in the early stages of their career and have a wide knowledge of orchestral repertoire. In 2024, this is open to Canadian conducting candidates only.

Librarian and orchestra personnel manager candidates must be Canadian and aged 18+ with some experience in or understanding of these roles and who are seeking to further their knowledge, to hone their skills, and to gain valuable hands-on experience.


How to apply

  • step 1
    Record your audition materials in a video format and upload to YouTube. Review the Audition recording guidelines to ensure your submission meets the criteria.
  • step 2
    Complete and submit your application form (including application fee) by 4 pm EST on January 8, 2024. Application fee is $60. 


2024 audition requirements

Strings | Brass | Woodwinds | Percussion

Instrumental candidates must submit a musician’s CV and a video recording of new recordings of ALL the audition materials for their instrument.

Follow the recording guidelines to ensure your audition materials are accepted.

Conducting candidates must submit a video recording, a CV or resume, a repertoire list, a statement of philosophy, and at least one letter of recommendation.

Library and orchestra personnel management candidates must submit a CV showing all relevant experience in their chosen field.