About The Canadian Children’s Opera Company

Our Mission, Vision, Values

MISSION

The Canadian Children’s Opera Company empowers young voices from diverse communities and abilities by providing transformative music education and professional performance opportunities.

VISION

To be the leader in children’s music education and performance that connects and inspires through artistic storytelling while building a community of confident, resilient, empathetic young people.

VALUES

Passion – truly committed in heart, mind, voices and movement

Teamwork – seeking ways to work inclusively, respectfully, and collaboratively

Creativity – giving time and space to discover our own voices and embrace new possibilities

Diversity – in our artistic expression and our community

Mastery – demanding the best in ourselves, each other and how we tell stories

Our Story

Empowering young voices since 1968

Since its founding 55 years ago, the CCOC has grown from a single chorus to a company that expands over six choruses, reaching hundreds of young people and their families annually through its outreach initiatives, professional self-produced operas, commissioning new operas specifically for young voices, and performances and collaborations with other renown artists and leading arts organizations in Canada – including regular appearances with the Canadian Opera Company, and major recording projects like The Monkiest King by composer Alice Ho (2018).

Nurturing young people’s growth and development in becoming confident, kind, empathetic, community-minded, and curious humans, deepening their interest in opera, music and storytelling, and empowering their voices, drives our work. 

During a young person’s time at the CCOC they work alongside professional conductors, drama coaches, directors, collaborative pianists, and other guest artists as they explore the many facets of opera. They unlock the power of their voices while learning how to sing healthily and expressively; developing strong vocal, performance, and musicianship skills; and journey towards their full potential by learning about themselves and the world around them through storytelling and music. 

The CCOC has a deep and rich history of providing exceptional music education and performance opportunities for young people from all walks of life. We can’t wait to share our full story with you soon.

Our Team

Artistic & Programming

Teri Dunn

Music Director & Conductor, Principal Chorus

CHERYLL CHUNG

Conductor, Youth & Intermediate Choruses, Head of Jr. Division

CHELSEA WOOLLEY

Head of Drama

Christina Faye

Pianist, Principal Chorus

Adine Mintz

Conductor, Apprentice Chorus, and Lead Teaching Artist & Administrator, Opera Kids Online

CAROLINE PAI

Conductor, Ruby Chorus & Pianist, Intermediate Chorus

Stacy Collins

Conductor, Butterfly Chorus, & Pianist, Apprentice Chorus

Evelina Soulis

Pianist, Ruby Chorus

Zoë Gotziaman

Assistant Conductor, Butterfly Chorus

Administration

Katherine Semcesen

Executive Director

Sally Sparrow

Program Manager

Alice Norton-Bell

Registrar & Operations Coordinator

Mala Perera

Bookkeeper

Board of Directors

Maria Ringo

Chair

Cecilia Luko

Treasurer

Danielle Hough

Julie Kobryn

Megan McDonald

Jeff Doner

Ellis Odynn

Our CollaboratIONS

As a cornerstone of our commitment to artistic excellence, the CCOC has performed with renowned artists, composers, and institutions.

These unparalleled performances infuse our program with a level of exposure and expression that prepares our young people to play a leading role on the global stage. The experiences make a lasting impression on singers, instilling in them the belief that their voice has meaning and power in this world and that their opportunities for their success, through connection and community, are abundant.

The highlights coming soon will offer a look at just some of the incredible opportunities afforded to Toronto and the GTA’s youth through COC’s one-of-a-kind programming.