CANIMEX MENTORING PROGRAM - 3rd edition (2024)

The Orchestre classique de Montréal (OCM) is proud to announce the third edition of the CANIMEX mentoring program. This program is offered to musicians with a minimum of an undergraduate degree in music (or in their final year) and aged 30 and under. The program is generously supported by the CANIMEX Group, in collaboration with the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Music..

Thirteen young instrumentalists and one conductor will have the chance to take part in the mentoring program from June 3 to 18, 2024. Please ensure that you are free throughout the entire program However, requests for absences will be considered until May 3, 2024. The detailed schedule will be sent no later than April 1, 2024.

Under the direction of Maestro Jacques Lacombe, this unique mentoring program is an exceptional learning opportunity that includes the chance to work and play side-by-side with members of the Orchestre classique de Montréal, one of Canada’s oldest and most distinguished ensembles.

I can say that the OCM mentorship program served as a bridge between my life as a music student and a new reality, that of a professional musician with a promising career”, says a former participant of the program.

The program will include master classes, coachings from professional musicians, lectures and courses to hone their skills. The program will also include two paid concerts: a concert-recital featuring the program participants on Sunday, June 9, 2024, as well as an orchestra concert at the Maison Symphonique on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, which will conclude the program. This will be a wonderful professional opportunity to perform in OCM’s grand end-of-season concert.

There are no registration or participation fees, and all musicians will be paid according to GMMQ (Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec) rates for rehearsals and concerts on June 18, 2023.


The program features the following instrumentalists:

  • 3 violins
  • 1 viola
  • 1 cello
  • 1 double bass
  • 1 flute
  • 1 oboe
  • 1 clarinet
  • 1 bassoon
  • 1 horn
  • 1 trumpet
  • 1 trombone


The conducting candidate must send a CV and 3 videos. He or she will be chosen by the jury to assist Maestro Jacques Lacombe at OCM’s 5 season concerts from February to June, 2024.

In addition to acting as Assistant Conductor of the OCM, the conductor will have access to private coaching with Maestro Lacombe, as well as all professional development courses, conferences and master classes in the mentoring program. He or she will receive an honorarium of $1,000 per concert for participation in the 5 concerts, for a total of $5,000.


Auditions will be held in person on Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26, 2023, starting at 2 p.m., in room B-531 of the Université de Montréal Faculty of Music (200 Vincent-d’Indy, Édouard-Montpetit station). If candidates are not available for these dates, they may send in recordings: 3 videos requested (1 baroque, 1 classical and 1 romantic).

This program is open to musicians with a minimum of a completed undergraduate degree in music (or in their final year) and aged 30 or under.

Audition & Repertoire Requirements: Contrasting works or movements (between 10 and 12 minutes of music in total). Sight-reading possible. Instrument alone, unaccompanied. Please bring a set of scores for the jury.

The registration deadline is Friday November 17, 2023, 11:59 pm. A preselection of the candidates will take place based on their CVs. 

For more information on the program, please write to [email protected]



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