Orchestral experience: You will rehearse and perform in the NAC Orchestra during select Main Series weeks from August 28 to October 14 of the 2017-2018 season.
Individual coaching: You will receive individual instruction and coaching on orchestral repertoire from NAC Orchestra musicians, and may have the opportunity to perform in mock auditions and public masterclasses.
Other: You will be coached in concert preparation, orchestral deportment, as well as career development.
We encourage accepted applicants to become members in good standing with the American Federation of Musicians.
Does your university or conservatory encourage exchanges or practicums in the professional world to prepare for your orchestral career? If so, the IOS is an ideal program for you. In addition to having all expenses paid, the six-week Institute for Orchestral Studies can complement your studies as a practicum or placement opportunity. The IOS offers a challenging opportunity to play at an international professional level by apprenticing in Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. Following a full six weeks outlined below, apprentices will receive a certificate for presentation to your educational institution.
Apprentices accepted to the Institute for Orchestral Studies will play in section with the NAC Orchestra in 14 performances and an average of 5 x 2.5 hour rehearsals per week for 6 weeks. In addition to the rehearsals and concerts, the apprentices will be mentored by NACO Musicians both on stage and off. Orchestral deportment and etiquette, score marking skills, several private lessons, sectionals and mock auditions provide a rounded program of training. There will be preparation work in the first week before the first NACO rehearsal to ensure the apprentices are ready to play at the highest level and maintain the standards of the NAC Orchestra. The first and most important priority for the apprentices throughout the program is to always be prepared for our conductors and the challenging variety of repertoire.
An application fee of $50 CDN is the only fee, payable in the application process. Apprentices accepted to the IOS have tuition, travel, room and board provided.
1. If you are invited to apprentice in the IOS you must be available for the duration of the Institute. To that end, we ask Apprentices to sign an agreement of commitment upon acceptance.
2. If you are a Non-Canadian accepted to the IOS, you will require a valid passport and all other necessary documents as required, including Visas. It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary papers. If you do not have a valid passport, we urge you to apply for one IMMEDIATELY.
3. Regarding School Studies: Apprentices in the IOS who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs must make arrangements with their schools and teachers to obtain leaves of absence allowing them to participate for ALL WEEKS of the Institute as listed in the schedule.
4. The main form of communication for this program will be by email. It is your responsibility as an applicant/participant to check email on a regular basis for communications including audition results.