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.

How to win an audition – for string players


  • From August 4th 2019 to August 10th 2019

This workshop is dedicated to all string players who want to learn how to prepare successfully for an orchestra audition. The week will be divided into two parts, equivalent to the first and second rounds of the audition process (i.e. Mozart concerto and some excerpts, then a Romantic concerto along with more excerpts). Students are asked to select fifteen standard excerpts for their instrument, agreed upon with Professor Stewart.

Ideally, these excerpts will be in three groups:

  • Five excerpts fully prepared to professional audition standard
  • Five excerpts ‘medium-prepared’
  • Five excerpts fairly recent

Students are encouraged to select excerpts assigned for placement auditions at their universities or for upcoming professional auditions.

Participants will play all the excerpts and their concerto fragments in a series of screened mock auditions and will be provided with feedback from both their colleagues and Mr. Stewart.

Physical and mental preparation for winning professional auditions is the main goal to be achieved in this workshop. The mock auditions are interactive; students who are not playing are expected to act as jury members and to give feedback to their colleagues.


Schedule of a typical day

9 to 10 am                              Private practice

10:30 am to 12 pm               Open session / mock auditions

12 to 1 pm                               Lunch

1 to 2 pm                                 Partner practice (2 or 3 students playing for each other in a practice room and commenting)

2 to 4 pm                                Open session (excerpts & concerto)

4 to 5:30 pm                          Drop-in session (Mr. Stewart walks around the practice rooms and drops-in if students need help)

Evening                                  Private practice or seminar


Violinist David Stewart has enjoyed a wide range of experience in the music profession: as frequent soloist with orchestra, recitalist, chamber musician, studio musician, baroque violinist, concertmaster, university professor (University of Ottawa and the University of Manitoba) conductor, and as 1st violin of the Quatuor Lumiere, a classical period-instrument quartet. Presently re-engaged as First Concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, he re-won his position after 20 years absence. He has been a leader in several orchestras, starting out as assistant concertmaster of the Victoria Symphony, Concertmaster of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and a mentor/apprentice position as Concertmaster of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. He has worked as a guest concertmaster in several orchestras including the Hanover Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Trondheim Symphony, the Norwegian Opera Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company, and is regularly a guest concertmaster with the  Porto (Portugal) National Symphony. His passion for excellence in orchestral playing has led to many engagements as conductor/coach for youth orchestras around the world: multi-year engagements with the Deutsch-Skandinavische Jugend Philharmonie in Berlin, the Orchestra de la Francophonie in Montreal, the Grieg  Academy in Bergen, coaching for Norges Musikk Høyskolen in Oslo, Norway, and the Copenhagen Youth Orchestra. As well,...


If you add one week of master class, the rate will be $970.
For a stay of three weeks or more, the rate is $920 per week.

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