The CCOC choruses sing operatic selections, but that is only a part of the overall musical repertoire which includes contemporary and classical selections, folk, musicals and operetta. A number of works are also by Canadian composers.
Six choruses are incorporated in the CCOC and we have over 100 enthusiastic young performers. The CCOC provides a progressive, graduated education program beginning at age 3 with the Butterfly Chorus and moving to the young adult years in the Youth Chorus.
The six choruses that make up the CCOC:
- Butterfly Chorus (approximate ages 4 - 5)
- Ruby Chorus (ages 5 - 7)
- Apprentice Chorus (ages 7 - 9)
- Intermediate Chorus (ages 9 - 11)
- Principal Chorus (ages 10 - 16)
- Youth Chorus (girls ages 16 - 19 and boys with changed voices)
A performance season runs from September to May. Between the various choruses, the CCOC often participates in 30 - 40 shows a season. Junior Choruses (Butterfly, Ruby, Apprentice and Intermediate Choruses) at minimum perform in the winter and spring concerts, the spring open house, and a fully-staged 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, which include regular performances with the Canadian Opera Company and frequent appearances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Roy Thomson Hall, Soundstreams Canada, Mirvish Productions, Canadian Tenors, convocations and major sporting events.