Due to the ever-changing situation with the global pandemic the Brott Music Festival is prepared to go ahead with several option for our 2021 National Academy Orchestra. Our 2020 National Academy Orchestra Online Virtual Training Program was a huge success amongst our musicians, and we are confident that we can offer another exceptional experience in this manner should the government feel it is necessary. Below are the options we are prepared for:

  1. The program running as normally scheduled:

    Should we be in a better and safer position next year, we will run our training program as we normally would with the full orchestra relocating to Hamilton, Ontario for rehearsals, performances, masterclasses, and seminars.
  2. The program running live but with some restrictions:

    Should the orchestra be allowed to rehearse in person we will have everyone relocate to Hamilton, Ontario. The first two weeks of the program will be online training so people can quarantine if necessary. After the 14 days are up, we will rehearse for a variety of outdoor concerts. We are prepared to socially distance on stage if need be, and we are looking at strictly outdoor venues.
  3. The 2021 National Academy Orchestra Online Virtual Training Program:

    The entire program will go online, musicians will stay in their homes, wherever that may be, and partake online.


Monday, June 14th to Sunday, August 15th, 2021


  • Resident orchestra of the Brott Music Festival, Canada’s largest orchestral music festival.
  • Guest Concertmasters | Guest Mentors | Guest Conductors | International Soloists.
  • Masterclasses | Seminars | Mock Auditions | Repertoire Sessions | Private Lessons.
  • Full orchestra session reflects a professional orchestra rehearsal and performance schedule.

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  • Seven (7) weeks of virtual training (we may increase to 9 weeks for 2021, depending on available funding).
  • The first two weeks will consist of online courses and Zoom seminars teaching our musicians how to audio and video record using basic equipment most of us already have, such as cell phones or IPAD’s.
  • Weeks 3 to 6 will include extensive masterclasses with orchestral musicians from all over the world such as Noah Bendix-Balgley and Albrecht Mayer from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Jeremy Wilson, retired trombonist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Craig Knox, tuba professor from Curtis, Pinchas Zuckerman and many more.
  • In 2020, week 6 was devoted to Canadian music, specifically female Canadian Composers. We met on Zoom with Elizabeth Raum, Barbara Croall and Ana Sokolova and was given an historical overview of Canadian music by University of Toronto Professor Gary Kulesha. A similar week will be inserted here with a group of different Canadian composers.
  • Week 7 is our mock audition week using the Zoom platform with violinist Lance Ouellette proctoring.
  • Throughout the entire program, musicians will form virtual chamber groups creating the click tracks required to individually record their parts. Several groups will be assigned compositions by our featured Canadian composers. By the end of our 7 weeks together we will have created dozens of videos including a full orchestra ensemble recording.
Please visit our Media page to see some of the video assignments created by the 2020 National Academy Orchestra.


  • NAO apprentices receive a minimum of $450 CDN/week*.
  • Successful candidates are responsible for finding accommodations.
  • Applicants must be 18-30 years old, a post-secondary degree is preferred but not necessary.
  • Open only to Canadian citizens, landed immigrants or people here in Canada on a student visa. You much have a valid social insurance number.


Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6
Queen: The Music of Queen with Jeans n Classics
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte
Rodgers and Hammerstein: The Sound of Music