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Symphony Orchestra Master Class

Designed by the Canadian violin master John Gomez and personally coached by performers from the Canadian National Art Center Symphony Orchestra and String Orchestra and professors from the University of Ottawa School of Music.

Taught in small classes and guided one by one, with professional piano accompaniment and in professional music classrooms or studios.

The master camp will organize a number of special concerts: exchange performances with Canadian youth orchestras, such as the Ottawa Youth Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Sinfonietta, landmark performances (there is a chance to hold a summer special concert on Canadian Parliament Hill!) and the master camp recital performances, etc.

Our Masters

John Gomez
Violin master

Canadian violinist John Gomez has been the former conductor and concertmaster of the National Arts Centre Orchestra for 19 years, and has been teaching at the music school of University of Ottawa for 21 years, concurrently serving as the artistic director of the University of Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and the Ottawa Youth Symphony Orchestra for 35 years.

Mr. Gomez has a wealth of performance and music education experience. In 2016, Orchestras Canada awarded him the Betty Webster Award for his contributions to Canadian orchestras through the training and showcasing of three generations of orchestral musicians. In the spring of 2017, he was awarded The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

Vancouver-born violinist John Gomez received his musical education at the University of British Columbia where he studied with Esther Glazer, and at the Meadowmount School of Music, where he studied with Ivan Galamian and Paul Makanowitzky. Before joining the National Arts Centre Orchestra in 1969, he was Principal Second Violin of the Vancouver Symphony, and Concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra and the Stratford Festival Orchestra.

Donnie Deacon

Mr. Donnie Deacon is the former conductor of the National Arts Centre String Orchestra, former director of the National Arts Centre Master Class Project, and conductor and artistic director of the Ottawa Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2001, he has been the deputy principal violinist of the National Arts Centre Symphony Orchestra (later transferred to the master class project as director due to injury), and is the youngest performer in the history of the orchestra. He is also the former chairman of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra Music Association.

Donnie Deacon graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Yehudi Menuhin School in London and the famous Curtis School of Music in Philadelphia. He has worked with world-renowned orchestras such as the Royal Scottish Orchestra, British Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, British Telecom Scotland Orchestra, Palestine Sarasat Orchestra, and Curtis Orchestra School of Music.