Scotiabank After School Opera Program

After School Opera Lab participants

ACT! play! COMPOSE! sing! PERFORM!

The Scotiabank After School Opera Program is offered to children ages 7 to 12 at five locations across the city. 

Under the guidance of the lead artist, a program assistant, and special guests, children explore opera through singing, composing, and drama. This fun and unique program develops children’s performance and music skills while nurturing their self-confidence. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebratory performance on the final day.

Each term of the Scotiabank After School Opera Program runs for approximately 10 weeks. Registration costs vary by location, starting as low as $11 to a maximum of $15 for the entire program. See locations below for details.

Lead Artists

Chris ThornborrowChris Thornborrow is a composer of concert music, film score and opera. His music has been described as "complex and clear, with subtle playfulness," and has received a number of awards including the Karen Kieser Prize in Canadian Music, multiple SOCAN Awards for Young Audio Visual Composers, and the Toronto Emerging Composers Award Honourable Mention. He is the founder of the Toy Piano Composers collective, and he has been commissioned by Ensemble Paramirabo, Musica Reflecta, ArrayEnsemble, the Bicycle Opera Project, Thin Edge, and Tapestry Opera. The films he has scored have screened internationally, including at the Cannes Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Clermont-Ferrand.

Chris has a knack for getting young people excited about music. Recent projects include a mini-concerto for a young musician and professional string quartet, as well as a city-wide student composition collaboration with Doug Friesen, Continuum Ensemble, and the Toronto District School Board. He is composing an opera for Tapestry Opera with librettist Julie Tepperman that tackles the world of bullying. Chris has a decade of experience working as a music director in summer camps, including founding the music program at International Summer Camp Montana in Switzerland and acting as music director at the COC’s 2015-2017 Summer Opera Camps.

Chris is the lead artist at the Etobicoke, North Toronto, Downtown West, and Downtown East locations of the After School Opera Program.

Cathy NosatyCathy Nosaty enjoys a diverse career as a musician, composer, sound designer, music director and artist educator. She began her musical training as a classical pianist and her love of creative collaboration led to work in dance, theatre and film. Over the past 30 years she has created scores for over 90 productions for regional and independent theatre companies across Canada: her work has been heard on international stages with Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes, Manitoba Theatre For Young People and DynamO Théâtre. Cathy was assistant conductor/keyboardist for the Toronto company of Jersey Boys. Recent projects include The Intergenerational iPad Vocal Group, the score for the documentary film The Motherload for CBC’s Doc Zone, Valley Song for Gateway Theatre and Fornes X 2 for Theatre Asylum. In addition to her work with the After School Opera Program, Cathy is an enthusiastic artist educator for the Royal Conservatory of Music, Tapestry Opera, the Classical Music Conservatory, Jumblies Theatre, and Community Arts Guild.

Cathy is the lead artist at the North York location of the After School Opera Program.

Mondays, Etobicoke

All classes take place on Mondays from 4–6 p.m. in the community room at Montgomery's Inn located at 4709 Dundas St. W. (at Islington).

  • Fall – October 2 to December 18, 2017; excluding Thanksgiving and December 4
  • Winter – January 8 to March 5, 2018; excluding Family Day
  • Spring – March 26 to June 11, 2018; excluding Easter Monday and Victoria Day

The cost is $15 per student per term.

To Register: Registration for the fall term opens Tuesday, September 5, 2017. For enquiries call 416-394-8113 or email montinn@toronto.ca. To register call 416-394-8113.

Tuesdays, North Toronto

All classes take place on Tuesdays from 4–6 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 – October 3 to December 12, 2017; excluding October 31
  • Winter – January 9 to March 6, 2018
  • Spring – April 3 to June 12, 2018; excluding May 22 

The cost is $11 per student per term.

To Register: Registration for the fall term opens Tuesday, September 12, 2017. For details and registration, go online at toronto.ca/torontofun or call 311. The Scotiabank After School Opera Program is listed as "Opera For Children" under Performing Arts.

BARCODES
Fall barcode: 3007603
Winter barcode: 3007687
Spring barcode: coming soon

Wednesdays, Downtown West

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

  • Fall – October 4 to December 13, 2017; excluding November 1
  • Winter – January 10 to March 7, 2018
  • Spring – April 4 to June 13, 2018; excluding May 23

The cost is $15 per student per term.

To Register: Contact West Neighbourhood House for registration details: Sherry Squires, Music School Co-ordinator at 416-532-4828 x. 127 or email sherrysq@westnh.org.

Note: 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.

Wednesdays, North York

All classes take place on Wednesdays from 4–6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room located at Parkway Forest Community Centre, 55 Forest Manor Rd. (Don Mills Rd. and Sheppard Ave. E).

  • Fall – October 4 to December 6, 2017
  • Winter – January 10 to March 7, 2018 
  • Spring – April 4 to June 6, 2018 

The cost is $11 per student per term.

To Register: Registration for the spring term opens Tuesday, September 12, 2017. For details and registration, go online at toronto.ca/torontofun or call 311. The Scotiabank After School Opera Program is listed as "Opera For Children" under Performing Arts.

BARCODES
Fall barcode: 3021521
Winter barcode: 3021596
Spring barcode: coming soon

Thursdays, Downtown East

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

  • Fall – October 12 to December 14, 2017
  • Winter – January 11 to March 8, 2018 
  • Spring – April 5 to June 14, 2018; excluding May 24

The cost is $11 per student per term.

To Register: Registration for the fall term opens Wednesday, September 13, 2017. For details and registration, go online at toronto.ca/torontofun or call 311. The Scotiabank After School Opera Program is listed as "Opera For Children" under Performing Arts.

BARCODES
Fall barcode: 3012740
Winter barcode: 3025850
Spring barcode: coming soon


TITLE 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, Montgomery's Inn, St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre, Parkway Forest Community Centre.


Scotiabank After School Opera Program participants at West Neighbourhood House Music School, 2017. Photo Credit: COC

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