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.
“During my time at the Young Artists Program, I was able to work with incredible teachers and students that helped me to grow as a musician. I am forever grateful for this experience and will treasure my memories here at the Young Artists Program for the rest of my life.” – Solana Frebold, Precollege Violin 2018
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.
“What makes this program special is the truly outstanding level of instruction we receive from both the violin faculty and the chamber coaches. I have not only had a great three weeks of chamber music, I’ve also tremendously improved my technique and my musicianship.” – Daniel Dastoor, Senior Violin 2018
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.
There will be masterclasses with faculty, held in Freiman Hall at the University of Ottawa and in the Rossy Pavilion at the National Arts Centre. Among these, YAP Founder and Artistic Director Pinchas Zukerman and Co-Artistic Director Patty Kopec, and Hans Jørgen Jensen will teach classes 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 three formal final concerts on June 18, 19 and 20, 2019. Precollege ensembles will perform in their final formal concert on June 22, 2019.
“I have learned and improved so much through lessons, coaching, performing, rehearsals and watching my friends’ concerts within these three weeks.” – Xue Ding, Senior Viola 2018
Discover new ways to address problems and take care of yourself in preparation for your musical life.
Pat Palmer, manual physiotherapist, promotes preventative and healthy physical habits that will help maintain a successful musical career. Students can book individual private sessions with Cathy.
“The Young Artists Program is an amazing music festival. During my two years at this program, I have continually been inspired by my cello professor Hans Jorgen Jensen and by my peers as well. Even as a cellist, I have greatly enjoyed learning from Pinchas Zukerman during his violin and viola masterclass. Hearing my peers play such wonderful classical music is extremely heart-warming to me.” – Jeremy Tai, Senior Cello 2018
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 Rogers. We would also like to thank Honorary Patron Sara Vered.