NAC Orchestra Student Matinees

Let your students experience one of the most outstanding ensembles of its kind in the world. The NAC Orchestra boasts many of the finest musicians in the country who enthusiastically share the common goal of bringing music to young people. Perfectly suited to both the novice student and musical apprentice, these hour-long weekday matinees are bound to delight students and teachers alike! 

    • Feb 5, 2018, 10:00am (English)
    • Feb 5, 2018, 12:30pm (French)

    “Hack the symphony” with audacious new explorations of sound and symphonic classics through science and technology. Brought to you by the creative engines of the NAC Orchestra, Canada Science and Technology Museum, pHacktory, and Artengine.

    Payment deadline : Friday, January 12, 2018

    Grades 4 to 8

    • Apr 23, 2018, 10:00am (French)
    • Apr 23, 2018, 12:30pm (English)

    Searing summers, frozen winters, gentle spring rain, and brilliant autumn colours come to life in music. Alain Trudel and the NAC Orchestra explore Antonio Vivaldi’s vibrant Four Seasons, Astor Piazzolla’s energetic Argentinian Tango, and other climate-inspired music with the help of virtuoso guest artists.

    Payment deadline : Friday, March 30, 2018

    Kindergarten to Grade 6

    • May 17, 2018, 11:00am (bilingual)
    • May 18, 2018, 11:00am (bilingual)

    This electrifying dance showcase includes swing, jazz, 1950s bop, ‘Dirty Dancing,’ the waltz, cha-cha, tango, and much more. Incomparable performers, spectacular choreography and the NAC Orchestra: you’ll be dancing in the aisles!

    Payment deadline : Friday, April 27, 2018

    Grades 6 to 12

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Student : $8 + HST

We will follow up within 5 business days to confirm your order and calculate pricing.

Adult Supervisor Tickets

One free adult chaperone ticket for every 10 student admissions purchased. Special Needs Assistants are admitted free of charge. Additional chaperones are allowed at the discretion of the NAC and are charged $8 + HST.

Free Student Matinee Preparation

Receive a complimentary visit from the NAC Orchestra’s Resident Artist in the Community (RAC) to help prepare your students for an upcoming NAC Orchestra matinee performance. Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Student matinee orders must consist of 30 students or more. Visits available only to schools located within the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

Free Study Guide

A pre-concert study guide to help you prepare your students for this concert-going experience will be available for download approximately six weeks before the performance. This guide will provide you with curriculum links, recommended classroom activities and information about the concert program, the performers, and performance etiquette. 


There are no reserved seats for NAC Orchestra student matinee performances. Instead of tickets you will receive a letter of admission and groups will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis at the performance. A letter of admission will be mailed to you upon receipt of full payment.

Transportation Assistance

In order to assist school groups to attend the NAC Orchestra student matinee series, the NAC will provide partial financial assistance to a limited number of schools. For more information, please contact the NAC Music Education department. Requests will be evaluated on a needs basis. Limited funds available.