Deadlines to apply

February 5, 2018. 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 5, 2018. 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 4, 2017. 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 $995.
The rate for a two-week stay is $945 per week.
For three weeks or more, the rate is $895 per week.

Voice and Piano Duet

Multi-level Rates:

The rate for a one-week stay is $995.
The rate for a two-week stay is $945 per week.
For three weeks or more, the rate is $895 per week.


Baroque Music
Fingerstyle Guitar
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 $895 per week.

Composition Intensive

One of a kind workshop with Simon Bertrand

March 6 to 8, 2018

This three-day intensive program is split into two components. Mornings will be dedicated to analysis of existing works (Stravinsky, Varèse, Messiaen, Berio, Dutilleux, Ligeti, Vivier…) while afternoons will be reserved for individual teaching sessions lasting 45 minutes.

This component provides an overview of the aesthetics and musical language of the composers listed above, with specific reference to form, the pitch structure (modes, series, fixed register, spectral music etc.), stratification, timbre, orchestration, etc..

Individual composition:

Composers are invited to bring completed works or works in progress for discussion with the professor. A game of “exquisite corpse” will become the basis of a collective project.


This program is intended for composers who are currently undertaking or have completed an undergraduate-level program or equivalent.


Application fee:

Tuition fee:

Lodging and food: 
Single occupancy: $234 + taxes
Double occupancy: $174  (per person) + taxes

Without lodging:
$39 + taxes
Lunches included

Audition material

 Biography or curriculum vitae


One score (with date of composition)



Simon Bertrand, composition

In addition to being active on the jazz scene and with a number of symphony orchestras, Simon Bertrand studied clarinet, saxophone and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Montréal from 1986 to 1989. From 2003 to 2009, he worked as a doctoral teaching assistant with Denis Gougeon and José Evangelista, teaching classes in counterpoint, orchestration, composition and contemporary composition. In 2011-2012, he was nominated for the Conseil québécois de la musique’s Opus prize for “Creation of the Year”. The next year, he received the Opus prize for “Composer of the Year” in recognition of his work throughout the 2011-2012 season.

During 2015 and 2016, Simon Bertrand’s work was presented in every part of Canada by many of the great Canadian orchestras, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec and the Toronto, Edmonton and Newfoundland Symphonies. He also composed the score for Chloé Robichaud’s film Pays, presented at a number of festivals including the TFF (Toronto) and the BFI Festival (London).

Composer of over forty pieces, Simon Bertrand has seen his work performed in several countries by a wide range of soloists, ensembles and orchestras. His works have been broadcast by Radio France, Radio-Canada and NHK (Japan).