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The Instrument Lab

Tweak, tinker and listen to all your favourite instruments! Explore! Listen! Enjoy!

What's In An Orchestra?

Orchestras are comprised of instruments from four different sections:

Begin by learning about the whole orchestra...

An orchestra is a group of musicians playing different musical instruments under the direction of a conductor. It can be large or small, depending on the pieces that are performed.

In this Instrument Lab you can listen to and "virtually" handle all the instruments of the orchestra.

The NAC Orchestra

The National Arts Centre Orchestra specializes in the music of the Classical Period.
There are 50 full-time musicians and 10 regular additional musicians in the NAC Orchestra.

That is only about one half the number of instruments in the full-sized Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal symphony orchestras. The NAC Orchestra uses additional musicians and instruments (like the piccolo, trombone, tuba, various percussion instruments, etc.) for pieces requiring a larger orchestra.