How We Help

Each year, Friends support the NAC Orchestra’s Music Education initiatives, both financially and through volunteering.

We provide awards and grants to support young people’s music programs and projects.

Many of our social activities also double as fundraisers. Music to Dine For! and the Embassy Chamber concerts are two of our biggest fundraising activities.

Our volunteers participate in a variety of music related activities. See our volunteer section.

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 Awards, Grants

We provide awards and grants to support young people’s music programs and projects.

  • NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition
  • Kiwanis Music Festival
  • MusicFest
  • Young String Performers Foundation
  • OrKidstra program
  • Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy

2021 Recipients

NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition

  • Friends of NACO Award – Jaewon Seo, violin
  • FNACO Evelyn Greenberg Award – Tovin Allers, viola

Kiwanis Music Festival

  • FNACO Senior Scholarship – Eric Prodger, bass trombone
  • Performance Scholarships including the John Gazsi Memorial Award:
    • Bennett Van Barr, violin
    • Jackson Kelly, intermediate percussion

List of Past Winners

  FNACO Financial Contributions Overview

FNACO Financial Contributions Overview

 Support NACO Programs

Each year, Friends financially support the NAC Orchestra’s Music Education initiatives:

For more details, see the report of the NAC’s Music Education Department:

Music Education Annual Report – 2019/20

Music Education Annual Report – 2018/19

Music Education Annual Report – 2017/18


The Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra support the NAC Orchestra, music, and music education through our fundraising activities and volunteer efforts. Our members can volunteer to:

  • contribute articles for our Con Brio newsletter;
  • assist with Music Events;
  • support the Annual General Meeting;
Interested in being part of our dynamic team? Email: