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The COC is thrilled to bring back in-person Summer Opera Camps for July 2022!

Camp is a great way to make new friends, discover new interests, build confidence, and have lots of fun. With options for both younger students and for teens, campers have the opportunity to explore opera as both creators and performers.

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  • Please note, given the hands-on and interactive nature of summer opera camp, all participants 12 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend camp.
  • Children aged 5 to 11 who are fully vaccinated are also required to submit proof of vaccination.
  • Children aged 6 to 11 who have only received one dose or are not vaccinated, will be required to show a negative antigen test on the first day of camp. Rapid antigen tests can be booked at Shoppers Drug Mart or any certified pharmacy. An email confirmation, paper receipt or readable screenshot/photo of the receipt must be shown when you arrive at the theatre. At home rapid antigen tests will not be accepted. Your receipt must show the date the test was taken and the name of your child. 
Questions? Contact [email protected]



As a participant in this program, young artists will spend a week immersed in the world of opera. Participants will work with professional artists, exploring various areas of this multifaceted art form and honing a wide range of skills that include: singing, composing, movement, drama, and design. Campers are supported in a creative and non-competitive environment where they can learn and experiment with different modes of artistic expression, have fun, build confidence, and most importantly, are free to be themselves. No previous experience with opera or music is required to participate in this program.

Program Supporter: Lloyd Carr-Harris and McLean Foundation

Little Company (entering grades 1 to 3)

PROGRAM DATES: Monday, July 4 - Friday, July 8, 2022
TIME: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with drop-off beginning at 8:45 a.m. 
FEE: $330.00

Extended Care Available
Monday to Thursday, 3:30 to 5 p.m. $40/week.



Junior Company (entering grades 4 to 6)

PROGRAM DATES: Monday July 11 - Friday, July 15, 2022
TIME: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with drop-off beginning at 8:45 a.m. 
FEE: $330.00

Extended Care Available
Monday to Thursday, 3:30 to 5 p.m. $40/week.



Intermediate Company (entering grades 6 to 8)

PROGRAM DATES: Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22, 2022
TIME: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with drop-off beginning at 8:45 a.m.
FEE: $340.00

Extended Care is not available for this age group.



Senior Company (entering grades 9 to 1st year college/university)

PROGRAM DATES: Monday, July 25 - Saturday, July 30, 2022
TIME: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FEE: $395.00

Extended Care is not available for this age group. 

  
  
  
BURSARY APPLICATION PROCESS
The Canadian Opera Company (COC) is dedicated to providing professional, creative and accessible opera programs to all individuals regardless of their age, gender and cultural and economic backgrounds. The COC seeks to minimize barriers, such as program fees, to participation in COC education and outreach programs.

A bursary is a monetary grant awarded on the need for financial assistance. There are a limited amount of bursary funds available to individuals who demonstrate a strong desire and commitment to engage in COC programs but for whom cost prohibits their participation.

Application Criteria and Requirements

  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need and interest in participating in a COC Community Program
  • Applicants may apply for a bursary for more than one program per season
  • The amount awarded to individuals is based on the number of applications received and the financial need of the applicants
  • The COC cannot guarantee that full or partial bursaries will be awarded to all applicants

Application

The application period for bursaries is now open. Please click here to download our Bursary Application form. The deadline for all bursary applications is May 13, 2022, however bursaries are awarded on an ongoing basis until this date, so it is best to apply as early as possible.

Questions? Contact [email protected].
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT COVID-19 POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE IN PLACE AT COC SUMMER OPERA CAMPS?

SCREENING 
  • Proof of vaccination will be required for all campers ages 12 and up.
  • Antigen testing will be required for all campers under the age of 12 who are not fully vaccinated.
  • All persons entering the facility (staff and students) are required to complete a COVID-19 self assessment form each day, before coming to the facility.
  • Any person exhibiting these or any other symptoms during their self-assessment should not enter the facility and notify camps staff immediately.
  • Staff and students will also be required to stay home if:
    • they or a member of their household has received a positive COVID-19 test result in the last 14 days
    • they or a member of their household has come into close physical contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (meaning they have shared a living space, workspace, or classroom, less than 2 metres apart) in the last 14 days
  • Any person exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms in the facility will be placed in isolation (in a secluded room) until they are able to leave the facility (with a parent/guardian the case of persons under the age of majority). 
REDUCING RISK 
  • All persons (staff and students) entering the facility must wear a well-fitting mask (ideally three layers) that covers the nose, mouth, and chin. There will be signage at the front entry notifying patrons of this policy.
  • All persons (staff and students) entering the facility must sanitize their hands upon entry. There will be a sanitizing station at the entrance with signage notifying patrons of this policy. Staff and students are recommended to carry their own personal hand sanitizer.
  • All persons (staff and students) are required to bring their personal belongings with them to their classroom and place them on markers.
  • Students are not to bring large bags or extra personal belongings. Personal hygiene items and necessary medical items are permitted.
  • Each student should bring their own water bottle marked with their name. Sharing of water bottles or food is not permitted.
  • The floors in the rehearsal room and programming spaces will be marked to indicate where staff and students should stand to maintain two metres of distance.
  • Staff are required to assist students in staying within their marked area, to keep two metres of distance from other participants.
  • If a student or staff member sneezes or coughs during a lesson, they are required to use hand sanitizer (available in each classroom) immediately after.
CLEANING AND DISINFECTING 
  • Staff will sanitize high-touch surfaces in the programming spaces and rehearsal rooms between lessons, including (but not limited to) door handles (both interior and exterior), music stands, and any other surface or object that has been handled by a student.
  • Washroom facilities will be sanitized by a staff member regularly. This will include sanitization of high-touch surfaces such as door handles (interior and exterior), flushers, taps, soap dispensers, and light switches.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY CHILD’S REGISTRATION? IS THERE A REFUND?


We realize that plans may change, and therefore we believe we’ve developed a fair refund policy to provide you some flexibility.

  • If you cancel your child’s registration on or before April 29, 2022, you are entitled to a full refund.
  • Any registrations cancelled between April 30, 2022 and June 27, 2022 will be partially refunded (less a 25% administration fee).
  • No refunds will be given after the program registration deadline date of June 27, 2022.
  • Last-minute withdrawals supported by a medical note must be made by one business day prior to the program start date for a refund less than a 25% administrative fee.
  • No refunds, partial or full, will be accorded to participants who decide to withdraw after the start of the program.


WHERE DOES CAMP TAKE PLACE?

Camp takes place at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, which is located at 145 Queen Street West. The program room entrance is east of the Box Office located on the South East corner of Queen Street West and University Avenue.

For more information on how to get to the Four Seasons Centre, visit the map and directions page.


WHEN CAN I DROP MY CHILD OFF AND PICK MY CHILD UP?

On Mondays, campers can be dropped off beginning at 8:30 a.m. For the remainder of the week, campers can be dropped off beginning at 8:45 a.m. The program begins at 9 a.m.

Extended care allows Little and Junior Company campers to be picked up later (additional fee of $40/week). Extended care is supervised by staff and lightly programmed. Campers registered for extended care must be picked up by 5 p.m.

There is no extended care for Intermediate and Senior Company campers.


IS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE?


The Canadian Opera Company is dedicated to providing professional, creative and accessible opera programs to all individuals regardless of their age, gender, and cultural and economic backgrounds. The COC seeks to minimize barriers, such as program fees, to participation in COC Education and Outreach programs.

Each year, we award a number of bursaries for Summer Opera Camps on the basis of financial need. There is a limited amount of bursary funds available to individuals who demonstrate a strong desire and commitment to engage in COC programs but for whom cost prohibits their participation.

Bursary applications for summer 2022 can be found here. The deadline for all bursary applications will be May 13, 2022, however bursaries will be awarded on an ongoing basis, so it is best to apply as early as possible.

CAN APPLICANTS PARTICIPATE IN A CAMP FOR WHICH THEY FALL OUTSIDE THE AGE/GRADE LEVEL INDICATED?

All camps are specifically designed to provide the best possible experience for the age groups indicated. No exceptions will be made for applicants who are not available for their age group’s camp. This applies to all ages.


IS LUNCH INCLUDED?


No. Lunch is not provided. Please send your child to camp with a nut-free lunch, snacks, and a refillable water bottle. Though the COC cannot guarantee a nut-free environment, we request that participants refrain from bringing food items that contain nut ingredients (eg. peanut butter sandwiches, peanut oil, etc.) to the program.


WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD WEAR TO CAMP?

Clothing must be appropriate for active fun! Campers will be involved in drama and movement sessions which require them to have a wide range of movement. Campers will also participate in arts and craft activities. Spills are inevitable and may not wash out completely. Clothing should be chosen accordingly. Please refrain from sending your child to camp in sandals for safety reasons.


MY CHILD HAS AN ALLERGY. WHO SHOULD I INFORM?

A link to a mandatory online health and medical safety form will be sent to the email provided in your registration.


WHO TEACHES AT CAMP?


Camp is led by an artistic team including a composer, a drama and voice specialist, a designer, and one or more assistants and volunteers. Stay tuned for biographies of the artistic team.


WHAT WILL MY CHILD DO IN CAMP?

Your child will explore composing, singing, story creation, acting, movement, and the visual arts, while having fun meeting new friends with similar interests.

Working with an existing story as a starting point, Little, Junior, and Intermediate Company participants will write and compose their own opera with help from professional Teaching Artists. Senior Company participants will create a story for their opera from scratch.

Next they’ll choose a role and begin staging and rehearsing their opera, as well as designing and creating costumes, props, and/or a set for their opera. Campers will present a special rehearsal of their creation to family and friends on the last day of camp. Activities are always adjusted according to the abilities and interests of the age group.

SUMMER CAMP TESTIMONIALS
WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT CAMPS

“Excellent job by all performers and creative staff. Very organized and well thought out. Thank you for making this possible on the zoom platform during covid. My kids were signed up for the summer of 2020 in person camp at COC and were disappointed when it was canceled. This summer we were very glad our daughter had an opportunity to participate online. Thank you to all the staff!”
––Virtual Summer Opera Camps 2020 Parent

“My son loves this camp – he asks to go every summer”
––Summer Opera Camps Parent 2019

“It was very well organized, and taught participants various skills and tips of acting, singing, and production. The instructors were fantastic!"
––Summer Opera Camps Parent 2019


WHAT KIDS ARE SAYING ABOUT CAMPS
“I loved it all so much. The volunteers, artists and staff really made it joyful and engaging."
––Summer Opera Camps Participant 2019

“I love acting and singing and it definitely helped my confidence”
––Summer Opera Camps Participant 2019
MEET THE TEACHING ARTISTS

Sophie Moynan (she/her) is a theatre artist working as a props builder, scenic artist, and footwear specialist. She cares about reusing existing materials and using her art to bring joyful energy to the stage. Sophie believes that everyone is creative and is determined to make art education accessible for their community. She has been working in the props department at the COC since 2017 and is excited to bring their creative skills to the students of the summer camps this year. 

Sophie has a BFA in Performance Production from the newly named Toronto Metropolitian University and studied boots and shoes at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She has been working as a freelance artist and cobbler in Toronto since emigrating from England in 2011. Some of their credits outside of the COC include; Trout Stanley - Factory Theatre, Little Menace - Soulpepper, Pomegranate - Buddies in Bad Times, Toronto Fringe, Theatre Aquarius, and The Cherry Orchard - Crowsnest with Modern Times.


Dr. Roydon Tse is a passionate composer and educator whose music speaks to all audiences. He has been a teaching artist with the Canadian Opera Company since 2019 where he has been teaching the art of composition to kids and students of all ages and abilities. An award-winning composer, he spends his time writing music for orchestras, choirs, chamber ensembles and soloists. Roydon was born in Hong Kong, and he spent his formative years in England and Canada, studying music composition at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto. www.roydontse.com


Karine White is passionate about the performing arts. An active and versatile artist, she enjoys both performing and teaching voice, dance and drama. Karine is proud to have been awarded the Peter and Helen Hunt Award in Opera, The National Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music Silver medal, and has received First Class Honours with Distinction for her Associate Performer exam with Conservatory Canada. Some favorite opera credits include: Adele in Die Fledermaus, Lady with a Hand Mirror in Postcard from Morocco, Josephine in HMS Pinafore and also Witch and Second Lady in Dido and Aeneas, for which she has been nominated for a Dora Mavour Moore Award. Karine had the privilege of travelling to Italy to perform Musetta in La Bohème, Despina in Così fan tutte and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. In May 2017, she toured with Opera Atelier to the Royal Opera of Versailles, France with the production of Charpentier’s Medée. When not on stage or in rehearsal, she can be found teaching Movement Classes at the University of Toronto, or collaborating with the Canadian Opera Company as a Teaching Artist. Karine is a distinguished graduate of Western University with a Masters of Music in Performance and Literature and holds a Diploma in Operatic Performance from the University of Toronto. Karine is also a vocal instructor and academic advisor for the Bachelor of Arts Music program at Tyndale University. 

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