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!
The 2019-20 program was cancelled due to COVID-19.
The 2020-21 program will also be cancelled. We look forward to returning to the normal schedule in 2021-22.

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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.

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CLOUD by Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett

2019-2020 Apprentices

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    Violin Zhengdong Liang
  • thomas-brody
    Double Bass Thomas Brody
  • isidora-nojkovic
    Cello Isidora Nojkovic
  • margaret-cropped-ks
    Viola Margaret Klucznik
  • Violin Ah Young Kim

2019-2020 uOttawa Apprentices

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    viola Alexander (Sasha) Moroz
  • liam-macintosh
    cello Liam MacIntosh
  • double bass Daejun Kang
  • avery-morris
    violin Avery Morris

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 19 years or older, and under the age of 30 as of December 30, 2019.
  • 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 17, 2019.

Full Financial Support

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