A mentoring program for the next
generation of orchestral conductors

The Orchestre Métropolitain and its artistic director and principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin are pleased to launch the OM’s Orchestral Conducting Academy, a mentoring program for the next generation of orchestral conductors.

Five successful candidates will be granted backstage access to rehearsals and concerts of the OM’s 2021-2022 season. They will also enjoy a unique mentoring experience alongside Yannick Nézet-Séguin and, for training purposes, regular interaction with the Orchestre Métropolitain’s team members and musicians.

Additionally, they will take part in the OM’s educational and artistic activities. The Academy aims to give these young conductors a solid experience of the symphonic milieu and to further the development of their musical careers.


Application deadline: July 26, 2021

Call for application details

Registration form

Desired profile


This call for applications is open to orchestral conductors with the following profile:

  • Between 18 and 35 years old*
  • Canadian resident from September 2021 through June 2022
  • At the beginning of their career and considered a member of the next generation of artists
  • Enrolled in or having recently completed an orchestral conducting program at an institution of higher learning (or equivalent)
  • Demonstrably committed to dedicating themselves to a professional career in orchestral conducting
  • Available to take part in all the activities of the program (see the Preliminary Calendar section).


The OM encourages conductors from culturally diverse backgrounds to submit an application.

*Candidates older than 35 whose profile meets the other criteria and who are at the beginning of their career can submit an application, provided they explain in a letter of interest why they are considered up and coming artists.

Submitting your application


Candidates should submit their application by July 26, 2021. The application must include:

  • The completed registration form
  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae
  • A short biography (300 words or less)
  • One to three videos of orchestral performances recorded after September 1, 2018, with a combined duration of no more than 15 minutes
  • A letter of interest describing why the candidate wants to take part in the program and detailing the impact that attending the Academy would have on their career development.


Applications that are incomplete or submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Preliminary calendar

Subject to change


Session 1 — Thursday, September 30 through Saturday, October 2, 2021

Session 2 — Wednesday, October 27 through Friday, October 29, 2021

Session 3 — Wednesday, February 9 through Saturday, February 12, 2022

Session 4 — Wednesday, May 18 through Friday, May 20, 2022

Session 5 — Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, June 19, 2022




Up to $5,000 in financial assistance will be granted to cover the transportation and lodging expenses of the selected candidates who must travel to Montreal to take part in Academy activities.

Important dates


Application deadline

July 26, 2021


Announcement of the selected candidates

Early August 2021


Orchestral Conducting Academy participation period

September 2021 to June 2022



For more information, please contact:

Laura Eaton

Head of Education

514-598-0870 ext. 35