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Jun 30, 2015

CCOC Announces New Artistic Team

Thank you for your interest in our organization

Dear Friends of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company!


On behalf of the Board of Directors of the CCOC, we are pleased to announce that an exciting team of very talented people will be leading the organization beginning with the 2015-2016 season.  

Ken Hall has been named Managing Director, and after eleven years of exemplary service to the CCOC, we can be assured of his continuing and steady leadership.  

Dean Burry has been named Artistic Director, and is no stranger to the organization.  He is well-known in the opera community as a composer of children’s opera and as an opera educator-facilitator, having designed and implemented the after-school program for the COC since 1997.  He will be a valuable asset to the CCOC, both in our outreach program OPERAtion KIDS and in all the divisions of the CCOC.  This award-winning composer and librettist has twelve operas to his credit with two having been commissioned by the CCOC:  The Hobbit and The Secret World of Og.  

We are also pleased to welcome Teri Dunn to the CCOC as the Music Director, with conducting responsibilities for the Principal and Youth Choruses.  Teri served in various capacities with the CCOC from 1992-2002, moved to the Toronto Children’s Chorus from 2002-2012 as Assistant Artistic Director, and has been at St. Michael’s Choir School since 2008.  She is an outstanding singer and teacher and we are fortunate that she is able to include the CCOC in her busy schedule.  

Please join me and the board of directors in welcoming these three musician-educator-performers for what promises to be a very exciting time for the Canadian Children’s Opera Company.  I (Ann Cooper Gay) will still be involved as the appointed Artistic Advisor, and will act as a guest conductor for our two events on Sept. 11 and Nov. 11.  It is never easy to say good-bye, but I am so very pleased that the CCOC will be in capable, new hands!

Additional good news is that our wonderful artistic team will be returning.  For the Senior Division, Adi Braun will return for Youth Chorus’ Cabaret in the Spring, and Gergely Szokolay will add the Youth Chorus and the Intermediate Chorus to his growing list of accompanying and coaching responsibilities.  Benoit Boutet returns as the Drama Coach for the Junior Division, Adine Mintz will serve as the head of the Junior Division and continue to lead the Apprentice Chorus, assisted by Myna Denov.  Emily Bird returns as the Chorus Coordinator and will also lead both the Ruby and Butterfly Choruses.  Finally, please join me in welcoming back Lynn Janes, who will be leading the Intermediate Chorus.  Lynn was one of the CCOC conductors from 1989-2002 and has been the vocal/choral teacher at Havergal College since 2007.  What a line-up of dedicated, excellent teachers! 

It is also my pleasure to announce the formation of a satellite choir to be named CCOC North.  Adine Mintz will be supervising this project and we look forward to our expanded presence in the greater Toronto area. 


With gratitude and affection, 

Ann Cooper Gay                                                           Anna Forgione

Artistic & Executive Director                                         President - Board of Directors


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