What is Carrefour?
Carrefour is a new, two-year professional development opportunity for emerging, culturally diverse or indigenous composers with the NAC Orchestra. It is a joint initiative of the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Arts Centre.
Carrefour supports the advancement of unique voices in orchestral composition in Canada, through commissions, rehearsals and performances, collaborative projects and new media initiatives.
Carrefour provides composers with direct interaction with and mentorship from Music Director Alexander Shelley, the musicians and administration of the NAC Orchestra, as well as promotional and public engagement support from the Canada Council for the Arts.
In a residency week, composers experience the day-to-day life of an orchestra, with access to NAC Orchestra rehearsals and concerts, as well as Canadian and international guest conductors, artists and composers, and other significant programming.
Composers will have access to the NAC Orchestra resources and library, and each commission will receive workshops in residency weeks beginning in year one. The program will encourage artistic innovation and risk-taking, collaboration with other artists and exploration of culturally diverse/indigenous themes.
Open to emerging, culturally diverse and indigenous composers, this initiative embraces contemporary, innovative and diverse voices, supporting ground-breaking original musical creation and the development of new Canadian orchestral and chamber music. Two composers will be selected. One residency will begin in winter 2017, and the second in fall 2017.
Each composer will receive:
Additional administrative and creative work at the composer’s point of origin.
The CCA and the NAC will provide:
Interested applicants must submit by email at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Canada Council for the Arts
Associate Artistic Administrator
National Arts Centre Orchestra
613-947-7000, ext. 637
over two years as a stipend for the duration of the residency
for the two commissions - a chamber work and an orchestral work
for the 6 to 8 weeks participation per season in Ottawa with the NAC
An advisory committee comprised of three professionals from the milieu, alongside one representative from each partner organization, will select, from all of the applications received, a shortlist of a maximum of 12 candidates who fully meet the program’s objectives. The success of the residency relies on how well the chosen candidates fit within the overall programming of the NAC Orchestra, therefore it is understood that the Music Director will, from this shortlist, have the final choice on the selected participants.