After School Opera Program Volunteers – 2015/2016 Season


The Canadian Opera Company education and outreach team is looking for energetic and responsible volunteers to provide program support and help supervise a group of up to 25 children as part of the After School Opera Program at the following centres:

Ourland Community Centre 
18 Ourland Ave. (at Islington)

Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m.
Winter – January 4 to March 7, 2016; excluding Family Day
Spring – April 4 to June 6, 2016; excluding Easter Monday and Victoria Day

Barbara Frum Recreation Centre
20 Covington Rd. (Bathurst and Lawrence)

Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m.
Winter– January 5 to March 8, 2016
Spring – April 5 to June 7, 2016

West Neighbourhood House
248 Ossington Ave. (at Ossington)

Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m.
Winter– January 6 to March 9, 2016
Spring – April 6 to June 8, 2016

St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre
230 The Esplanade (at Parliament)

Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m.
Winter– January 6 to March 2, 2016
Spring – April 6 to June 1, 2016


Pleasantview Community Centre
545 Van Horne Ave. (Finch and Victoria Park)

Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m.
Winter – January 7 to March 10, 2016
Spring – April 7 to June 9, 2016

Volunteers need not be available for all of the centres, but should be available consistently on a weekly basis at the centre(s) they do choose. The After School Opera Program annually introduces 300 children ages seven to 12 to opera as a collective celebration of vocal music, drama and visual arts.  Each term, participants are guided by artist-educators to create and perform an original mini-opera based on their own ideas and improvisations. Volunteers contribute to the accessibility and appreciation of opera and the success of the After School Opera Program by establishing a safe and welcoming environment in which young participants can engage in creative exploration of the art form.

Your role:

  • Providing support to the lead artist, program assistant and visiting artist-educators 
  • Greeting participants upon arrival
  • Assisting with set up and clean up
  • Actively engaging in program activities and encouraging participants to stay on task
  • Assisting with preparations for the final performance
  • Supervising the participants and promoting a safe and welcoming environment

Your background

This position is best suited for students who have an interest in working with children and the performing arts. This is an excellent opportunity for those looking to gain experience in a community arts setting, or for Ontario high school students to fulfill their volunteer hours requirement. The ideal candidate:

  • Demonstrates responsibility, reliability and experience and/or interest in working with large groups of children in an educational or recreational environment
  • Has a demonstrated interest in music, visual or performing arts
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel) 
  • Embodies positivity and enthusiasm, displays initiative and has a sense of humour;
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal communication skills in English
  • Holds, or can acquire, a valid Vulnerable Sector Verification through the Police Reference Check program
  • First Aid and CPR certificate an asset

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to or fax:  416-363-5584.  We thank all candidates who apply, however only those chosen for an interview will be contacted. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Education and Outreach
Canadian Opera Company
227 Front St. E., Toronto, ON M5A 1E8

For more information about After School Opera Program and all of the COC’s education and outreach initiatives, please visit our website at, or contact

About the COC

Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006, and is also the performance venue for The National Ballet of Canada. For more information on the COC, visit its award-winning website,

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