Orchestral Conducting Academy

Mentorship program for young conductors

The Orchestre Métropolitain and its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin are pleased to announce their call for new applicants to take part in the OM’s Orchestral Conducting Academy, a mentorship program for emerging orchestral conductors. The applicants chosen though the selection process will be invited to join this two-year program (from September 2024 to June 2026). The Academy aims to provide substantial experience of the symphonic milieu and to promote the career development of young conductors.

Members of the OM’s Orchestral Conducting Academy get to work with an orchestra thanks to back-stage access to OM concerts and rehearsals in addition to professional training from Yannick Nézet-Séguin. They benefit from regular discussions with orchestra musicians and office staff throughout the training, and are also invited to get involved in the OM’s educational and artistic activities. In addition, they’re assigned individual assistantships with guest conductors in the second year of the program. The Academy aims to offer these young conductors solid experience in a symphony orchestra while boosting the development of their musical career.

Join us!

The OM invites emerging conductors living in Canada to apply by completing the online form by March 28, 2024. Applications must include a resume, a cover letter and video recordings of orchestral performances.

To document the first edition of the Academy, the OM was pleased to work with La Fabrique culturelle on Télé-Québec to produce a video about the experience of members of the first cohort, and what it takes to become an orchestra conductor.

Watch the entire video

Members of the Orchestral Conducting Academy


For more information, please contact:

Laura Eaton
Education Head


The OM warmly thanks the Beaulieu-Saucier Foundation for its support in making this initiative a reality.

The OM warmly thanks its partner