Apprentice as a string musician with the world-class National Arts Centre Orchestra in the Institute for Orchestral Studies (IOS); find out what’s involved and apply! Applications now being accepted. Deadline: May 1st, 2017.

About the IOS

The Institute for Orchestral Studies (IOS) is an apprenticeship program designed to prepare highly talented young musicians towards successful orchestral careers. It was established in 2006 under the guidance of former Music Director Pinchas Zukerman, and is funded by the National Arts Centre Foundation through the National Youth and Education Trust.

The RBC Foundation is proud to be the Presenting Supporter of the NAC Institute for Orchestral Studies

2016-2017 Apprentices

Meet our alumni ›

“The IOS program has given me the tools and experience to succeed as an orchestral musician, all in a highly professional and inspiring environment. For young musicians looking for a "real life" experience with a world class ensemble, look no further than the NACO/IOS. Working with some of the most respected orchestral musicians from around the world has given me a valuable perspective on exactly what it takes to live the life of an orchestra member, and has strengthened my commitment to further my studies and aim towards a professional career.” Jorie Butler-Geyer, violin, IOS 2016-17

You should apply if you

  • Have completed undergraduate or post-graduate studies of a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, or double bass), OR
  • Are currently enrolled in undergraduate or post-graduate studies of a string instrument and have written approval from your university of a leave of absence for the duration of the IOS program.
  • Are under the age of 30 as of December 30, 2017.
  • Demonstrate abilities to perform at a high level.
  • Are seeking a career as an orchestral musician.
  • Display artistic excellence, and a potential for development.

If you fit the criteria, please consider applying. To do so, please first review the details of what’s involved:

  • Program Elements
  • Application Fee Can$50
  • IOS program all expenses paid!
  • Schedule
  • Audition Requirements
  • Considerations Before you Apply

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2017.

Full Financial Support

Apprentices of the Institute for Orchestral Studies receive full financial support for travel, tuition, and room and board.

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