The National Academy Orchestra of Canada (NAO)

About the NAO

The National Academy Orchestra of Canada is Canada’s top professional training orchestra. It is a National Arts Training Program, supported by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The Training Program

The NAO provides an intensive orchestral performance experience along with mentorship and training in preparation for successful professional careers. A real-to-life rehearsal and performance schedule of varied classical concerts, opera, Broadway and more. The NAO is unparalleled in its training approach which also includes masterclasses, seminars, mock auditions and runout tours. Professional development is provided by some of Canada’s leading musicians and mentors. The NAO program aims to enhance employment opportunities and offers strategies to maintain a long and healthy career. Under the baton of Artistic Director & Conductor Tania Miller, the NAO is orchestra-in-residence for Ontario’s only and Canada’s largest orchestral music festival, based in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Audition Information

Program Dates

June 17th to August 18, 2024 (9 weeks)

Application Deadline

February 12th, 2024. Online applications only.

Application Fee

There is a $75 CAD non-refundable application fee payable online by MasterCard, Visa, Visa Debit or American Express when submitting an application.


All post-secondary applicants welcome (18-30 yrs) with preference for candidates with B.Mus, Artist Diploma or equivalent. Must have a valid Social Insurance Number (SIN). Open to Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents and Student Visas.


Orchestra members will receive $500/week.

Audition Requirements

Our audition requirements have changed for 2024. Please review the new audition requirements below.  The Assistant Conductor will assist the Artistic Director and all guest conductors on all programs at the Brott Festival, including classical orchestra concerts, opera, pops, musicals and choral works.

Repertoire Highlights

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”
  • Brahms Symphony No. 4
  • Rossini Barber of Seville
  • Famous Opera Arias in Concert
  • Mahler Symphony No. 5

And much, much more …

Apply to the NAO

Before You Start

Auditions are virtual this year.  You will be required to record and upload your audition to a public platform of your choosing (YouTube, Vimeo, DropBox, Google Docs etc).

  • Before you apply, be sure that you have read the audition requirements posted here.
  • No piano accompaniment.
  • One uninterrupted video with no editing (unless otherwise stated)
  • Follow the exact order on the audition repertoire list.
  • If you would like to be considered for doubling instruments (piccolo, bass clarinet, contra bassoon), you can send an additional link to these excerpts. The same submission criteria will apply.
  • You will require a Credit Card or Visa Debit Card to submit your application and $75 CAD application fee.

NAO Application Form 2024

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