NAC Orchestra Mentorship
World-class faculty

The faculty of the NAC Orchestra Mentorship Program are excited to share their knowledge, experience, and expertise with the brilliant participants who will be invited to Canada’s National Arts Centre to propel their professional careers.

Resident faculty

Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra is one of the most accessible, inclusive, and collaborative orchestras in the world. Recognized for its daring programming, powerful storytelling, inspiring artistry, and innovative partnerships, the NAC Orchestra is at the vanguard of orchestral performance. In an age of continuous disruption, we place audiences at the centre, empower young artists to become leaders, and help redefine the orchestra’s role in society. 

Meet the musicians of the National Arts Centre Orchestra

Side-by-side learning

Instrumental and library participants will be paired with and mentored by a member of the NAC Orchestra. They will work with their mentors in all sectionals, rehearsals, and concerts throughout the three-week program.  

Conducting participants will be mentored by NAC Music Director Alexander Shelley

The orchestra personnel management participant will be mentored by the NAC Orchestra Personnel Management team.


As the NAC Orchestra Mentorship Program takes place in Ottawa, the capital of Canada which is a bilingual country, both official languages, French and English, are spoken throughout the three weeks.