How We Help

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

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

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

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 Awards, Grants

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

  • University of Carleton distinguished leadership award for music
  • NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition
  • Kiwanis Music Festival
  • Young String Performers Foundation
  • OrKidstra program
  • Multicultural Arts in Schools and Communities – MASC

2024 Recipients

Distinguished leadership award for music

  • Carleton University – Johnny Kennedy, composing and performance

NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition

  • Friends of NACO Award – Nadia Ingalls, bassoon
  • FNACO Evelyn Greenberg Award – Dylan Pinette, cor anglais

Kiwanis Music Festival

  • Senior Scholarship – Nabeel Ansari, oboe
  • John Gazsi Memorial Award – Philippe Lafleur, senior violin
  • Scholarship for an orchestral instrument – Gabriel Carty, tuba

List of Past Winners

 Support NACO Programs

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

  • Mentorship program
  • Bursary competition
  • The Kilpatrick Concert
  • Plus various music education programs


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 team? Email: