Ann Cooper Gay Circle of Distinction
For exceptional contribution to the CCOC
The Circle of Distinction was established in 2016, in honour of Ann Cooper Gay's fifteen years of service, 2000 - 2015 as Executive Artistic Director of the Canadian Children's Opera Company. The Ann Cooper Gay Circle of Distinction recognizes extraordinary service to the organization by artists, faculty, staff and volunteers. Each year, members of the circle are appointed by the Board of Directors from nominations by the CCOC community.
Ann Cooper Gay (Namesake) - Executive Artistic Director & Conductor
Ann Cooper Gay led the CCOC for 15 seasons, in the capacity of Artistic and then Executive Artistic Director. A tireless enthusiast and educator, Ann's most distinguishing quality is her unflagging belief in the capacities of young people. In addition to leading the company, Ann served as conductor, coach and accompanist for the Principal, Youth, and for several years, the Intermediate Chorus. A champion of equal access for all talented children and youth, she created the successful OPERAtion KIDS outreach program, including the scholarship-bursary program. These programs continue to affect hundreds of children each year, introducing them to the art form, and celebrating the ability of children to create and perform musical stories of their own.
Errol Gay (2016) - Artistic Staff & Composer
A member of the music staff for 15 seasons, Errol took on a huge variety of roles, including accompanist, conductor, theory teacher, arranger, stage director, associate music director, and composer. He has composed three operas for the CCOC, all in collaboration with librettist Michael Patrick Albano: A Dickens of a Christmas (2005), Laura's Cow: The Legend of Laura Secord (2012), and Alice in Wonderland (2015). He also provided many arrangements of existing music, including the signature O Canada arrangement, and the 40th Anniversary Medley, commissioned for that CCOC milestone.
Errol is recognized for his extraordinary talent and ability to connect with and teach children, as well as his tireless work behind the scenes, including providing arrangements, library (and grammatical) services.
Anne O'Neill (2016) - Volunteer Coordinator & Nurse
A volunteer for thirteen years, Anne filled the largest volunteer roles for most of that time, combining humor, passion, catering and medical knowledge with her boundless love for the children of the CCOC. Anne served as the Volunteer Coordinator, Camp Nurse, Caterer and general volunteer extraordinaire.
The Ann Cooper Gay Circle of Distinction is generously supported by Emily Hamilton and was created through a gift from Patricia Graham.
2016-17 Principal Chorus Rehearsal Volunteers
2016-17 Junior Division Rehearsal Volunteers
John De Goey
Doriana Lo Greco
Joseph Lo Greco
Inna Royz Sherman
Lois Van Koughnet