David Zinman Conductor Workshop

January 24-26, 2015

Application deadline: Monday, November 10, 2014

The David Zinman Conductor Workshop in Ottawa, Canada will provide a valuable and unique opportunity for four young emerging orchestral conductors.

Acceptance to the program is based on review of submitted audition materials, level of experience and expressed goals in participating. Those selected in the final round of auditions may be contacted for a live interview. Participants will receive full support for travel, and hotel and per diem while in Ottawa. Auditors may attend at their own expense upon approval of an application and audition video.

All conducting sessions are recorded for personal use and as the basis for detailed review led by Maestro Zinman. The three-day workshop includes score study and work with a piano sextet. The workshop culminates with each conducting fellow leading Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in two rehearsals under the supervision of Maestro Zinman.

News Release: http://nac-cna.ca/en/media/newsrelease/10447


Saturday, 24 January 2015

10:00-12:30 Score study
14:00-16:30 Conductors rehearsal (two pianists)

Sunday, 25 January 2015

10:00-12:30 Conductors rehearsal (piano sextet)
14:00-16:30 Conductors rehearsal (piano sextet)

Monday, 26 January 2015

11:00-13:30 Conductors open rehearsal (NAC Orchestra)
15:00-17:30 Conductors open rehearsal (NAC Orchestra)


MOZART Symphony no. 40 in G minor, K550 (Bärenreiter-Verlag)

HAYDN Symphony no. 88 in G major (Haydn-Mozart Presse) BEETHOVEN Overture to Coriolan, Op. 62 (Breitkopf and Härtel - Wiesbaden)

DVOŘÁK Serenade in E major, Op. 22 (Bote & Bock)


Please forward a complete résumé including full name, address, nationality, age, contact information and highlights of professional engagements to CP-pdo@nac-cna.ca. The deadline for applications is November 10, 2014.


We require a recent video in rehearsal or performance, ideally within the past year, and no later than 2-years old. Face-on camera angles preferred. Please post on YouTube per the following instructions. Do not use Dropbox or other web locations.

To upload videos:

  1. Log into YouTube
  2. Click Upload
  3. Select "Unlisted"
  4. Send link to Cp-pdo@cna-nac.ca (Video will only be available to people with the link to that particular file.)

To change an existing video to unlisted:

  1. Log into YouTube
  2. Click on My Channel
  3. Click on Video Manager
  4. Click Edit
  5. Change from Public to Unlisted
  6. Send video link to CP-pdo@nac-cna.ca (Video will only be available to people with the link to that particular file.)


Those accepted into the Conductors Workshop must have a valid passport and all necessary documents including Visas. It is the responsibility of the participants to obtain all necessary papers. If you do not have a valid passport, you are urged to apply for one IMMEDIATELY. If you are not sure you need a Visa, please refer questions to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

The main form of communication for this program is by email. It is the responsibility of the applicant/participant to check email on a regular basis for communications, including audition results.

The David Zinman Conductors Workshop is made possible through the generosity of individual donors and corporations and the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust.

Please refer all questions about the Workshop to CP-pdo@nac-cna.ca