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, the annual Ensemble Studio School tour, art song recitals, and a special Ensemble Studio performance of a COC mainstage production, 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.

Members of the 2016/2017 COC Ensemble Studio. (back row, l-r) intern coach and pianist Stéphane Mayer, mezzo-soprano Megan Quick, mezzo-soprano Emily D'Angelo, soprano Samathan Pickett, baritone Bruno Roy, tenor Aaron Sheppard. (front row, l-r) soprano Danika Lorèn, mezzo-soprano Lauren Eberwein, intern coach and pianist Hyejin Kwon, tenor Charles Sy. Photo: Bronwen Sharp


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