Educational Programmes for Musicians

Apprentice percussionist. Photo by Jennie Worden.
Apprentice concertmaster Lorenzo Guggenheim and Music Director Michael Newnham at rehearsal. Photo by Jennie Worden

Concertmaster Apprenticeships

Learn the Concertmaster's Craft with Corey Gemmell

Orchestra Toronto offers up to five Concertmaster Apprenticeships per season.

Apprentice Concertmasters are exceptional violin students who join the orchestra for one concert cycle (6-8 weeks) to work directly under the tutelage of Concermaster Corey Gemmell. These apprenticeships give student violinists the opportunity to learn how to perform the concertmaster's role with confidence.

Interested candidates should submit

  • a letter of interest

  • a resume

  • a link to a video showing themselves playing 1) any Bach unaccompanied violin sonata, 2) solo violin parts from Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, and a short excerpt of them performing in a chamber group (trio, quartet, etc.)

Please email your letter (with video links) and resume to Jennie Worden, Executive Director.

Candidates must be able to commit to all rehearsals in their designated concert cycle (Thursday evenings, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.) and to the concert date (rehearsals + performance take all day).

Conducting Apprenticeships

Score Study, Direct Mentoring, and Podium Time for Emerging Conductors

As part of our Education and Outreach programs, Orchestra Toronto offers five apprenticeships annually to talented and dynamic emerging conductors. This volunteer position provides a unique opportunity for an emerging conductor to advance their skills in an artistically stimulating environment.

Regrettably, owing to the exigencies of COVID-19, we will not be offering any conducting apprenticeships in 2020-21. We hope to resume the programme in 2021-22.


    • A chance to conduct Orchestra Toronto in rehearsal at the discretion of the Music Director, Michael Newnham

    • Score study with our Music Director

    • Assist with conducting rehearsals and sectionals

    • Formal announcement of the appointment and recognition of the position in Orchestra Toronto publicity

    • Exposure to professional operations of a symphony orchestra, including Production, Marketing and Fundraising

    • Professional support and mentoring from Executive Director Jennie Worden

Program Applicant Requirements;

  • an undergraduate degree or commensurate experience in Orchestral Conducting in an academic or professional setting

  • a broad knowledge of orchestral repertoire

  • availability for Thursday evening rehearsals from 7:30-10:00 at the Meridian Arts Centre

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and video sample of them conducting (in class, in rehearsal, or in performance) by e-mail or mail to:

Jennie Worden

Executive Director

Orchestra Toronto

5040 Yonge Street

Toronto ON, M2N 6R8

We thank you for your application; however, only selected applicants will be contacted.

Student Fellowships

Short-term Memberships for Promising Young Musicians

A student fellowship is a short-term membership in the orchestra designed to give emerging new talent the opportunity to play with a high-level orchestra and gain rare orchestral experience. Student fellows also have the opportunity to work with a professional artistic and administrative team and perform with the orchestra in the George Weston Recital Hall at the Meridian Arts Centre with a professional production team. The student fellowship length is usually for one concert cycle (6-8 weeks).

Mentorship and Performance Opportunities

In the student fellowship program, Orchestra Toronto provides a professional mentor from within the orchestra for each student. Student Fellows have their membership fees waived and are recognized in our concert programs. There is also be an opportunity for student fellows to take part in some of the small ensembles that form for OT outreach activities, giving them an opportunity to gain experience in chamber music as well as large orchestral works.


The current requirements for student fellows are;

· That they be able to play at a minimum Grade 8 RCM level (or equivalent)

· That they must have proven ability to comport themselves appropriately in an orchestra

· That they must agree to attend a full concert cycle and all the required rehearsals

· That they be committed to improving their level of musicality

In 2020-21, Orchestra Toronto is pleased to offer 15 student fellowships to aspiring, technically proficient musicians who play violin, viola, or percussion, as well as a brand new Apprentice Concertmaster’s chair to young violinists wishing to learn the concertmaster’s craft. If a student plays another instrument, they should get in touch with us, as we may be able to create an opening for them.

To Apply

Interested candidates should e-mail the Personnel Manager with the following information:

  • Your instrument

  • Your teacher's name

  • Your level (Suzuki level or RCM grade)

  • Which concert cycle you wish to join the Orchestra for.

If you can include link to a video of you playing, so much the better.

Bursaries for Community Musicians

In order to ensure that the Orchestra is accessible to all talented musicians, Orchestra Toronto has a bursary programme for talented musicians for whom our annual membership fee may be unaffordable. Musicians requiring financial assistance request it from the Orchestra management, and trade volunteer work for their annual fees. To apply for the OT Volunteer Musician Bursary, please contact Executive Director, Jennie Worden.