After School Opera Program

singing! Movement! drama! art! play!

The After School Opera Program is offered to children ages seven to 12 at five locations across the city. 

Children learn about many aspects of opera including singing, acting, directing and set and costume design through hands-on experiences and the expertise of special guests. Each term, the program leader will work with participants to generate an original theme for their opera.
The participants use what they have learned and apply it to a new work written either by composer and program leader Dean Burry, or by choreographer/director/conductor Markus Howard. Participants perform the world premiere of this new opera to family and friends during the final class. Take a look at past performances!

Each term of the After School Opera Program runs for approximately 10 weeks. Registration costs vary by location, starting as low as $10 to a maximum of $15 for the entire program. See locations below for details.

Download the Parent Handbook for information about the program, including what to bring and program policies. 

Mondays, Etobicoke

All classes take place on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Ourland Community Centre located at 18 Ourland Ave. (at Islington).

  • Fall – September 29 to December 8, 2014; excluding Thanksgiving and October 27 elections
  • Winter – January 5 to March 9, 2015; excluding Family Day
  • Spring – March 30 to June 8, 2015; excluding Easter Monday and Victoria Day

The cost is $11 per student per term.

To Register: Registration for fall and winter opens Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 7 a.m. To register, call 311 or 416-394-8673 or go online at toronto.ca/torontofun. The After School Opera Program is listed as "Opera For Children" under Performing Arts.

BARCODES
Fall barcode: 2638219
Winter barcode: 2638239

Tuesdays, North Toronto

All classes take place on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Barbara Frum Recreation Centre, located on the lower level of the Barbara Frum Library, 20 Covington Rd. (Bathurst and Lawrence).

  • Fall – September 30 to December 2, 2014
  • Winter – January 6 to March 10, 2015
  • Spring – March 31 to June 2, 2015

The cost is $11 per student per term.

To Register: Registration for fall and winter opens Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 7 a.m. To register, call 311 or 416-395-6123 or go online at toronto.ca/torontofun. The After School Opera Program is listed as "Opera For Children" under Performing Arts.

BARCODES
Fall barcode: 2652988
Winter barcode: 2653125

Wednesdays, Downtown West

All classes take place on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Community Hall of West Neighbourhood House (formerly St. Christopher House), 248 Ossington Ave. (at Dundas Street West).

  • Fall – October 1 to December 3, 2014
  • Winter – January 7 to March 11, 2015
  • Spring – April 1 to June 3, 2015

The cost is $15 per student per term.

To Register: Registration for the fall term opens Monday, September 8, 2014. Contact Sherry Squires, Music School Co-ordinator at 416-532-4828 x. 127 or e-mail sherrysq@stchrishouse.org for more information.

Note: The fall term is open to all students. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the program there are limitations on enrolment for the winter and spring terms. To ensure that ALL children get a chance to participate, a student may register for one of the three sessions. The same child may be put on a waiting list for the other sessions. Children who have not previously participated in the program will get priority over those on the waiting list.

Thursdays, Downtown East

All classes take place on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the dance studio at St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre, 230 The Esplanade (Front and Parliament).

  • Fall – October 2 to November 28, 2014
  • Winter – January 8 to March 12, 2015
  • Spring – April 2 to June 4, 2015

The cost is $11 per student per term.

To Register: Registration for fall and winter opens Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 7 a.m. To register, call 311 or 416-392-1347 or go online at toronto.ca/torontofun. The After School Opera Program is listed as "Opera For Children" under Performing Arts.

BARCODES
Fall barcode: 2641436
Winter barcode: 2666641

Thursdays, North York

All classes take place on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room located at Pleasantview Community Centre, 545 Van Horne Ave. (Finch Ave. and Victoria Park Ave.).

  • Fall – October 9 to December 4, 2014
  • Winter – January 8 to March 5, 2015
  • Spring – April 9 to June 11, 2015

The cost is $11 per student per term.

To Register: Registration for fall and winter opens Saturday, September 9, 2014 at 7 a.m. To register, call 311 or 416-394-8673 or go online at toronto.ca/torontofun. The After School Opera Program is listed as "Opera For Children" under Performing Arts.

BARCODES
Fall barcode: 2657594
Winter barcode: 2641437

 


Program Sponsor:

Scotiabank

Program Supporters:

The Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation
The McLean Foundation
Anonymous

Established program centres include: West Neighbourhood House Music School, Barbara Frum Recreation Centre, Ourland Community Centre, St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre, Pleasantview Community Centre.

After School Opera Program participants at Ourland Community Centre, 2013. Photo Credit: COC

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