Supported by the Opera Cares Foundation, the McGill Chamber Orchestra Music Mentorship Programme promotes excellence in musical practice in Montreal. The programme supports musicians in search of career development skills and provides practical, hands on, and side-by-side professional work experience to musicians through rehearsals and performances.
The McGill Chamber Orchestra has an established reputation as a mentoring organization. For the last number of seasons we have hosted high school ensembles who have been coached by the MCO’s principal musicians and its conductor Boris Brott. We now wish to give professionals the opportunities to be mentored by our expert players and perform alongside our established professionals in rehearsals and in concerts as part of our main series.
Participants will be mentored in time management, creating a business plan, tax preparation, communication skills, professionalism, entrepreneurship, stage presence, and injury avoidance. In addition to their experience preparing and performing under professional conditions, the mentees are provided with counseling from some of the finest musicians in Canada. Our goal is to make a significant difference in preparing emerging professionals for the rigours of professional orchestral life.
Mentees should have the right to work in Canada. The social and professional status, as outlined above, is their primary eligibility criteria. Candidates will be assessed through recorded auditions. Mentorships will be awarded on the basis of outstanding musical merit and other exceptional personal achievements, without regard to race, religion, gender, ethnicity or age.
The Mentorship Project’s Schedule
The pilot project will take place surrounding 3 performances of the McGill Chamber Orchestra, including rehearsals and seminars during the week prior to the concert:
- Tenorissimo featuring Marc Hervieux and Sharon Azrieli at Maison Symphonique de Montréal on April 25th 2017.
- Mendelssohn’s Elijah in collaboration with the Choeur Saint-Laurent and Vanier College with renowned Canadian soloists, Aline Kutan, Lauren Segal, Michael Colvin and James Westman, at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste on May 9th 2017.
- Orff’s Carmina Burana and Kuzmenko’ Golden Harvest with Choeur Saint-Laurent, Les petits chanteurs du Plateau and soloists Andriana Chuchman, John McMaster and Theodore Baerg at Maison Symphonique de Montréal on June 6th 2017.
Applicants are required to submit a YouTube link of them playing three contrasting excerpts of their choice. Applicants have the choice of submitting three separate links (one per excerpt) or one link that contains all three excerpts.
Payment to Mentees
Successful applicants will be paid for their services according to freelance fees established by the Guilde des Musiciens du Québec Local 406. Applicants will be required to attend seminars which will be conducted free of charge.
We welcome candidates of all backgrounds and nationalities to apply by March 24th, 2017 11:59 p.m. The payment of the 25$ application fees can be made through our website. Refugees can apply for free by calling us at 514-487-5190.