“When we are made to feel supported,
we are truly able to excel at our art.”
– Gwénaëlle Ratouit, Mentorship Program Participant in 2022
After the great success of the first edition of the Orchestre classique de Montréal’s CANIMEX Mentorship Program in May 2022, the OCM is building on last year’s impactful experience in its second edition in June 2023.
The CANIMEX Mentorship Program offers a transformative experience for the next generation of emerging artists. Through workshops and courses such as financial literacy for independent contractors, composer-musician collaboration, and virtual concert broadcasting as well as through master classes led by Principal Guest Conductor Alain Trudel, participants in the program will gain the knowledge, experience, and networks needed to succeed as a professional musician in Québec.
From June 5 to June 20, the OCM will welcome 13 students musicians and one student conductor from the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Music for the intensive paid mentorship program. It is also one of Québec’s only paid mentorship programs for student musicians.
This year’s cohort will participate in two concerts. The first concert will allow the student musicians to shine on their own under the baton of the student conductor on Sunday June 11 at 1:30 PM at the Salle Serge-Garant of the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal. All donors will receive two complimentary tickets to this performance.
The second concert will mark the culmination of the mentorship program: the student musicians will join the musicians of the OCM on the stage of the Maison symphonique for the final concert of the season: Fire & Ice on Tuesday June 20 at 8:00 PM. All mentored musicians will be paid union salaries for the rehearsals and both performances.
The OCM is grateful for the generous financial support of CANIMEX Group, RBC Foundation, and donors like you. It is important to recognize that the development of the next generation of great musicians is crucial to the future of the classical music sector.
Here is how you can help:
♫ A gift of $25 covers the sheet music for a student musician for their two concerts.
♫ A gift of $100 covers part of a private lesson for a student musician.
♫ A gift of $250 covers part o f the fees for a specialist to lead a workshop or seminar.
♫ A gift of $500 sponsors the participation of a student your choice (see list of instruments below), with several opportunities to meet and mingle with your sponsored student.
Any and all contributions to this “Support Our Rising Stars” campaign will provide valuable career development to classical musicians of the next generation who need this more than ever in a challenging career as a performing artist.
List of Student Musicians by Instrument ($500 sponsorship)
♫ 2 Violins
♫ 1 Viola
♫ 1 Cello
♫ 1 Double Bass
♫ 1 Flute
♫ 1 Oboe
♫ 1 Clarinet
♫ 1 Bassoon
♫ 1 French horn
♫ 1 Trumpet
♫ 1 Trombone
♫ 1 Percussion