Deadlines to apply

February 7, 2019. You will automatically be considered for a scholarship if you apply before that date and if all of the audition material has been received.

April 4, 2019. Without a scholarship, acceptances according to available places.

Successful applicants will have to pay 50% of the fees within 14 days after the reception of the acceptance letter in order to reserve their place.

The full balance must be paid before May 2, 2019. In case of cancellation, the first payment is non-refundable. The second payment can be reimbursed if the student notifies the Admission Coordinator by e-mail at admissions@orford.mu, at the latest one month (30 days) before the first day of the stay. A $50 administration fee will then be deducted from the amount.

If a medical problem beyond your control prevents you from taking part in the Orford Music Academy, your deposit may be used for the subsequent year when a medical certificate is provided. However, you will have to go through the full audition process and be accepted again. If a scholarship was granted to you, it is not transferable to the following year.


  • tuition fees;
  • room in double occupancy;
  • meals at the Orford Music cafeteria;
  • access to concerts at the Orford Music Festival, subject to availability of tickets;
  • access to the training room.

Multi-level Rates:

The rate for a one-week stay is $1 020.
The rate for a two-week stay is $970 per week.
For three weeks or more, the rate is $920 per week.

Voice and Piano Duet

Multi-level Rates:

The rate for a one-week stay is $1020.
The rate for a two-week stay is $970 per week.
For three weeks or more, the rate is $920 per week.


Baroque Music
How to Reach your Full Potential
How to Win an Audition
How to Stand Out as a Chamber Musician


If you add one week of master class, the rate will be $945.
For a stay of three weeks or more, the rate is $895 per week.


Piano Trio
Orford Winds
Contemporary Music


If you add one or more weeks of master classes:
The rate will be $920 per week.



Vision, mission, values




Board of directors and team




Job opportunities


Site plan


To be recognized as an internationally renowned classical music Academy by forging sustainable ties. To make the Eastern Townships an international gravitational centre for classical music.


To spark the creativity of young musicians at the launch of their careers and throughout their professional development.


Excellence: Offer the best service possible to our students

Creativity: Capitalize on all available sources of inspiration in a quest for musical innovation

Accessibility: Mentors, renowned artists, audiences, (festival-goers, partners)

Sustainability: Transmit knowledge from one generation of musicians to the next

Located in the heart of Mont-Orford National Park, Orford Music is first and foremost an advanced classical music academy with a mission to spark the creativity of young musicians at the launch of their careers and throughout their professional lives by building on excellence, creativity, accessibility and sustainability.

Founded by Gilles Lefebvre, the Orford Music Academy has always been recognized as a leader among educational institutions. Each summer, more than 450 university students from around the world come to study with its internationally renowned faculty.

The Orford Music Festival is a prestigious international event that attracts close to 25,000 festival-goers every summer. Its rich artistic programming is made up primarily of some 20 professional concerts, approximately 60 free concerts performed by students from the Academy, and visual art exhibitions. Cultural activities take place year-round with various events such as Les Grandes soirées, Luncheon Concerts and Dinner & Jazz Nights series.

Orford Music offers complementary services along with its educational and artistic activities. Those participating in activities at our enchanting site can take advantage of our facilities, including the concert hall, several practice studios, an orchestra rehearsal room and our complete restaurant and accommodations services.

Deeply rooted in the Eastern Townships, Orford Music is a charity organization that combines nature and culture to create the perfect environment for artistic development. Through its various multidisciplinary activities, Orford Music actively participates in regional development and outreach activities.


Did you know...

The Gilles-Lefebvre Concert Hall, L’homme et la musique Pavilion and the J.A.-DeSève Pavilion are all designed in shapes linked to music. The concert hall is in the shape of a grand piano; L’homme et la musique pavilion, an organ case; and the J.A.-DeSève pavilion, a bass clef, used in music notation.


Founded in 1951

by Gilles Lefebvre and Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, Orford Music is one of the leading summer music academies in North America. From the beginning, the Orford Music Academy has ranked firmly among the top music education institutions, thanks to the quality of its internationally renowned faculty.


In 1955,

Orford Music opened an inn to house the Academy’s teachers and students, as well as the Orford Music Festival’s guest artists. A venue for classical music concerts and partner of the Academy, the Festival has stood apart since day one for the outstanding performances it brings to audiences. Now, more than 50 concerts are presented each summer. The Festival features remarkably talented artists, from today’s great musicians to its very own Academy students.

In 1960,

the organization built a concert hall with a seating capacity of 550 and named it the Gilles-Lefebvre Concert Hall in honour of its founder. In 1988, the Charles-Leblanc Pavilion was built for the Academy. The pavilion boasts some 40 practice studios of various sizes, an orchestra rehearsal hall and practice cubicles for soloists. In 2003, a new pavilion was built to house our administrative team. The new building also provides accommodations for guest artists and faculty. Orford Music has grown to include seven buildings and a number of rustic shelters located in the wooded area on its 222-acre site. And on top of that, there are three exhibition halls, a permanent collection and a sculpture garden.

The Orford Music site

has great historical and architectural value. It’s one of the few places in Quebec where you’ll find a significant number of buildings designed in the modern expressionist style. The Gilles-Lefebvre Concert Hall, L’homme et la musique Pavilion (1967) and J.A.-DeSève Pavilion (1968) are outcomes of the cultural reform that took place in Quebec as the province transitioned into modern society. The pavilions’ dynamic designs and the original techniques employed by architect Paul-Marie Côté (1921-1969) make the buildings true masterpieces of Quebec’s cultural heritage.

The year 2016

marks Orford Music’s 65th anniversary. After all these years, our organization continues to pursue its original mission to provide training opportunities to gifted young musicians from all cultures and nationalities as they transition into professional careers in the performing arts.