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
  • Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy

2023 Recipients

Distinguished leadership award for music

  • University of Ottawa – Emily Hou, piano
  • Carleton University – Joel Oppong-Boateng, percussion

NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition

  • Friends of NACO Award – Christoph Chung, viola
  • FNACO Evelyn Greenberg Award – Maria Krstic, violin

Kiwanis Music Festival

  • Senior Scholarship – Bennett Van Barr, violin
  • John Gazsi Memorial Award – Mary Jane Xia, violin
  • Scholarship for an orchestral instrument – Darius Andrews, bassoon

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

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

NAC Music Education Annual Report – 2019/20


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: