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.

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.

  • University of Ottawa distinguished leadership award for music
  • 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

2022 Recipients

Distinguished leadership award for music

  • University of Ottawa – Kate Moran, viola
  • Carleton University – Emily Poulsen, voice and drama

NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition

  • Friends of NACO Award – Eric Prodger, bass trombone
  • FNACO Evelyn Greenberg Award – Glenda Lindgren, oboe

Kiwanis Music Festival

  • Senior Scholarship – Justin Saulnier, violin
  • John Gazsi Memorial Award – Iris Sheen, violin
  • Scholarship for an orchestral instrument – Jackson Kelly, 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

Volunteer

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: Volunteers@FriendsOfNACO.ca.