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The COC Teen Council

Comprising 10 members, the COC Teen Council is a free leadership development program for high school students that fosters community engagement, creative action, and youth development through building real-world skills and helping students realize potential career pathways in the arts.

The COC Teen Council invites high school students interested in the performing arts to gain a deeper understanding of opera through exclusive access to COC artists, staff, mentorship, networking opportunities, and behind-the-scenes exploration. 

Program Goals

  • To gain leadership skills and develop a deeper artistic and cultural understanding of opera and the performing arts
  • Empowering the next generation of creatives to find artistic ways to serve their communities
  • Enabling students to gain industry-specific knowledge in opera and provide experiential learning experiences in the performing arts.
The COC Teen Council will assist in the planning of youth-focused events throughout the season and will be able to access a variety of COC events and outreach performances, discussions, workshops with COC Teaching Artists, and social events. Three positions on the Teen Council will be designated as chair positions: Secretary Chair, Social Media Chair, and Community Outreach Chair. 

Secretary Chair
The Secretary Chair will be responsible for taking minutes from Council meetings, sharing internal communications, and preparing meeting documents. The ideal candidate should be detail-oriented and organised, and possesses a high level of comfort with public speaking.

Community Outreach Chair
The Community Outreach Chair will be involved with planning and implementing outreach strategies to drive interest in our youth events. The ideal candidate should have a passion for diversity and community building, and embrace values of equity and inclusion.

Social Media Chair
The Social Media Chair will be responsible for proposing social media campaigns that align with the Council’s mandate. The ideal candidate should have an interest in communications and the ability to champion social media as a tool for positive change.

COVID-19 Screening

Please note: Proof of vaccination will be required for all successful participants. 

Masks will remain mandatory, unless actively eating or drinking. Find our latest health and safety policies at

Applications for the COC Teen Council will be open until Friday, September 29, 2023.

This program will be held in person at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in the Education Centre.



Phone: 416-363-8231

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