COC Ensemble Studio

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The COC Ensemble Studio — founded in 1980 with a generous continuing grant from Imperial Oil Limited and with assistance from the Government of Canada — is Canada's premier training program for young opera professionals.

It provides advanced instruction, hands-on experience, and the practical career development skills necessary to succeed as a self-employed artist in a highly competitive international environment.

The Ensemble is chosen through a national audition process. Members of the Ensemble Studio receive a blend of advanced study and practical experience. In this one-to-three-year program, singers receive vocal, theatrical and practical career development instruction.

Their practical experience includes understudying major roles, performances for Opera for Young AudiencesOpera for Young Audiences, art song recitals, and a special Ensemble Studio recital An Evening with the Ensemble Studio a special Ensemble Studio recital An Evening with the Ensemble Studio, as well as roles in COC mainstage productions.

Vocal coaches participate in the preparation of the company's mainstage productions, as well as art song recitals, school tour performances and Ensemble Studio performances.


Ensemble Studio Competition

Centre Stage: Ensemble Studio Competition Gala 


Since its inception, more than 220 young Canadian singers, opera coaches, stage directors and conductors have acquired their first professional operatic experience through this program.

Graduates include such well known singers as Isabel Bayrakdarian, John Fanning, Robert Gleadow, Ben Heppner, Joseph Kaiser, Allyson McHardy, Wendy Nielsen, Gidon Saks and Krisztina Szabó, as well as vocal coaches including Sandra Horst, Steven Philcox and Christopher Mokrzewski. Stage directors whose careers were launched at the COC include Ashlie Corcoran, Brian Deedrick, Tom Diamond and Marilyn Gronsdal.

To Apply

To learn more about the application process and requirements, click here.

Artists of the COC Ensemble Studio for 2017/2018 (l-r) baritone Samuel Chan, pianist/intern coach Rachael Kerr, soprano Samantha Pickett, mezzo-soprano Megan Quick, mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh , baritone Bruno Roy, soprano Danika Lorèn, pianist/intern coach Stéphane Mayer and soprano Lauren Eberwein. Photo: Gaetz Photography. 


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