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
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
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
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
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.