Programming Features

Private Instruction

Learn from the masters you’ve long admired. Soak up their teachings and fine-tune your technique.

Students in both the Senior and Precollege levels receive private instruction throughout their program, usually scheduled in the mornings.

“This is my first time at the YAP and I have enjoyed it immensely! The YAP has a very nurturing environment.” – Simcha Sutton-Pollock, violin, Precollege YAP 2016

Chamber Music Coaching

Delve into the score of your chamber music assignment and explore the music. Exchange ideas with your chamber music peers. Learn from the experts in your coaching sessions.

Ensembles meet every afternoon to rehearse their assigned works, and meet regularly with one or more chamber music coaches. 

“The program this summer was absolutely incredible! … Playing with three extremely talented players in my quartet was another highlight. The YAP was incredible for my music career.” – Jacob van der Sloot, viola, YAP 2016

Masterclasses & Concerts

To learn is to play, ask, watch and listen. Play in the recitals and chamber music concerts, ask questions, watch masterclasses and listen to the NAC Orchestra in concert. Take it all in.


YAP Founder Pinchas Zukerman returns as Artistic Director in 2017 and will teach a public master class with returning Co-Artistic Director Patty Kopec. The Program is pleased to welcome Russell Braun, leading the voice division, and Hans Jørgen Jensen returns as head of cello. Each will teach masterclasses in their respective instruments featuring some of their current YAP students.

YAP students are expected to attend every masterclass. Each of these professional sessions touches on not only instrumental technique but also on posture, listening, tuning, teaching methods, and communication of important musical ideas.


Casual works-in-progress concerts during the YAP give students the opportunity to play selections from their assigned chamber pieces and other ensemble work before their final performances. Senior students will perform in one of two formal final concerts on June 22 and June 23, 2017. Precollege ensembles will perform in their final formal concert on June 24, 2017.

“At the Young Artists Program in Ottawa, I have had many wonderful opportunities to participate in social and learning activities… To be able to study with many teachers can help me build up a good foundation for my music.” – Austin Wu, violin, Precollege YAP 2016

Career Mentoring

Our team of professionals can help you with career-related issues. Discover new ways to communicate, address problems and take care of yourself in preparation for your musical life.

Each chamber ensemble meets with Cathy Kerzner, psychologist, to chat about the types of emotional issues that young musicians face. Pat Palmer, manual physiotherapist, meets all the students to promote preventative and healthy physical habits that will help maintain a successful musical career. Students can book individual private sessions with both Cathy and Pat.

“It truly has been a great experience. Next year will be my final year of studying in New York, and when I return to Canada, I will be able to contribute more to the Musical Society here at home.” – Sylvia Dongeun Lee, piano, YAP 2016

Divisional Programming

  • Precollege students will attend and participate in closed violin/viola and cello masterclasses
  • Hans Jørgen Jensen will hold several all-celli classes for Senior level cellists, and one for Precollege level cellists
  • Joel Quarrington will lead several group double-bass classes
  • The five wind students will have unique, dedicated one-on-one mentorship and instruction with the five NAC Orchestra wind principals studying solo and orchestral repertoire
  • Special five-on-five wind sessions will focus on orchestral excerpts and audition techniques

Other Special Features

  • Students may attend NAC Orchestra rehearsals or concerts
  • Social reading nights are planned throughout the program and provide students the opportunity to let their hair down and play any chamber repertoire with others who may not be in their assigned chamber ensemble. Food and atmosphere abound and students get to know each other on a whole new level.
  • A panel of NAC Orchestra members will answer questions about the life of a musician.
  • Check out Live Rush ( and Student Discounts ( for other NAC programming during the YAP.

Housing and Meals

  • All students stay at the University of Ottawa New Residence at 90 University, just a two-minute walk from the School of Music. Those students under the age of majority (18 and under) will have chaperone supervision.
  • All students will receive a meal stipend to help with the cost of their food for the duration of the program. Those students 16 years of age and younger will benefit from a daily prepared evening meal.

Young Artists Program is made possible through the wonderful generosity of individual donors and corporations, the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust and its Lead Partner CIBC. We would also like to thank Honorary Patron Sara Vered.

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