- CCOC BY THE NUMBERS
- WHAT IS OPERA?
- WHAT IS CHILDREN'S OPERA
- IS IT HEALTHY FOR CHILDREN TO SING OPERA?
- HOW MANY CHORUSES ARE THERE IN THE CCOC AND WHEN DO THEY REHEARSE?
- HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO JOIN?
- ARE THERE ADDITIONAL COSTS FOR UNIFORMS AND OTHER MATERIALS?
- DOES THE CCOC OFFER ANY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?.
- WHAT OPPORTUNITIES DO THE CHILDREN HAVE TO PERFORM?
- WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO THEY SING?
- WHEN ARE AUDITIONS?
- Singers are ages 3 - 19. The CCOC provides a progressive, graduated education program.
- Hundreds of children participate in our OPERAtion KIDS Outreach program every year
- Since its inception the CCOC has commissioned 12 new opera works written just for children:
The Hobbit (2003)
A Dickens of a Christmas (2005)
The Secret World of Og (2010)
Laura's Cow: The Legend of Laura Secord(2012)
East ‘O the Sun West ‘O the Moon (2014)
Alice in Wonderland (2015)
The Monkiest King (2018)
- The CCOC has an annual operating budget of approximately $500,000. Over fifty percent of revenue comes from fundraising, grants, and performances
- In 2002, the CCOC introduced the Canadian Youth Opera Chorus for singers aged 16 to young adult to provide further training and to provide a bridge from the CCOC to university study
- The CCOC performs with the Canadian Opera Company in productions, which involve children. We have performed in La Bohème, Carmen, The Magic Flute, Tosca, and Othello. In the 2019/2020 season, we performed in Turandot and Hansel and Gretel.
There are many definitions, but, at its heart, opera is about bringing together all different arts to tell a story: most importantly music and theatre, but including visual arts (sets, lighting), fashion (costume), and dance. It’s the original multi-media!
The CCOC believes that opera is fundamentally storytelling with music, regardless of the musical style, culture, or period. It can be just as relevant to young artists and audiences today as it was in the 16th Century.
The term is commonly used for two slightly different practices. It can mean opera performed by adults specifically for children, or it can mean, as we usually use it, opera performed by children. Children’s voices have a unique sound, so opera written to be performed by them is something that adults simply can’t replicate – and children and youth respond to seeing performances by their peers.
Vocal teachers can be scared by this idea, and with good reason - a quick Youtube search will quickly show you many examples of children trying to imitate the sound of adult opera singers. This is NOT what we do! We focus on a healthy, age-appropriate development of vocal technique and sound. For us, opera is about telling a story with music – about communicating the text - NOT about pretending a 10-year old is the Queen of the Night! We sing operatic repertoire written specifically for children’s voices as well as choral repertoire. Our Youth Chorus do sing some operatic works written for adult voices.
- There are six choruses that make up the CCOC.
- Choruses rehearse at First Unitarian Congregation - 175 St. Clair Ave. W
- The choruses are: (ages are approximate)
Butterfly Chorus (ages 3 - 4)
Rehearsals Thuesday 4:45 – 5:15 & 5:15 - 5:45
Ruby Chorus (ages 5 - 6)
Rehearsals Thursday 5:50 – 6:40
Apprentice Chorus (ages 7 - 8)
Rehearsals Tuesday 5:00 – 6:20
Intermediate Chorus (ages 9 - 11)
Rehearsals Tuesday 4:30 – 6:30
Principal Chorus (ages 10 - 16)
Rehearsals Monday 4:30 – 6:30 and Thursday 4:45 - 6:45 (plus occasional Saturdays)
Youth Chorus (girls ages 16 - 19 and boys with changed voices)
Rehearsals Monday 6:45 – 8:45
- Amounts depend on the chorus – there are some discounts available for early payment and for families with more than one chorister. Bursaries are also available based on financial need.
- View our 2019/20 rates
Some materials are required for each chorus level. Thes include a CCOC T-shirt (required for all choristers), formal uniform pieces, and theory/sight-singing workbooks.
- Yes. The CCOC has a Scholarship/Bursary program to which families may apply for financial assistance.
- Bursaries are awarded based on a combination of financial need and artistic ability. Applications are assessed by the Bursary Committee and the Artistic Director which meets in August, prior to the beginning of each season.
- The CCOC provides extensive opportunities for the choristers to perform.
- Junior Choruses (Butterfly, Ruby, Apprentice and Intermediate Choruses) at minimum perform in the winter and spring concerts, the spring open house, and the spring opera production.
- Principal and Youth Choruses perform in all the above concerts and are featured in the spring opera production. Additionally, they may perform in various capacities as the opportunity arises, including performances with the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Roy Thomson Hall, Soundstreams Canada, Canadian Tenors, convocations, or sporting events.
- Please see our season Performances and Events for examples.
- The CCOC choruses do sing operatic selections, but that is only a part of the overall musical repertoire that also includes contemporary and classical selections, folk, musicals and operetta.
- A number of works are by Canadian composers.
- At the Principal Chorus level, many selections are in languages other than English.
PLEASE NOTE THAT AUDITIONS FOR THE 2020/2021 SEASON ARE BEING HELD ONLINE
Auditions are held in the spring for the following season, and in late August for anyone unable to attend the spring auditions.
Further auditions are held in January to allow choristers to join for the spring term.
Auditions are held by appointment at other times of the year.