Scotiabank Summer Opera Camps

create OPERA! perform OPERA! 

Save the dates! Sign your child up to make new friends, discover new interests, build confidence, and have lots of fun. Campers will playfully explore opera as both creators and performers. Additional details about this enriching performing arts experience to come.

Registration is open! See below for links to the registration form. 
Click here to sign up for a registration reminder e-mail.

Questions? Contact education@coc.ca.

Little Company (entering grades 1 to 3)

Date: July 10 to 14, 2017 (five days)
Time: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with drop-off beginning at 8:45 a.m. 
Fee: $310
Extended Care: Monday to Thursday, 3:30 to 5 p.m. $40/week. If you have already signed up, register for extended care here
To register: Little Company is now full! Click here to add your child’s name to the waitlist

Junior Company (entering grades 4 to 8)

Date: July 17 to 21, 2017 (five days)
Time: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with drop-off beginning at 8:45 a.m. 
Fee: $310
Extended Care: Monday to Thursday, 3:30 to 5 p.m. $40/week. If you have already signed up, register for extended care here.
To register: Junior Company is now full! Click here to add your child’s name to the waitlist

Senior Company (entering grades 9 to 12)

Date: July 24 to 29, 2017 (six days)
Time: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $360
Extended Care: Extended care is not available for this age group.
To register: Register here! Click here to sign up for a reminder e-mail.

Additional details to come!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What happens if I need to cancel my child’s registration? Is there a refund?
We realize that plans may change, and therefore we believe we’ve developed a fair refund policy to provide you some flexibility. If you cancel your child’s registration on or before April 30, 2017, you are entitled to a full refund. Any registrations cancelled between May 1, 2017 and June 25, 2017 will be partially refunded (less a 25% administration fee). No refunds will be given after the program registration deadline date of June 26, 2017. Last minute withdrawals supported by a medical note must be made by the business day prior to the program start date for a refund less a 25% administrative fee. No refunds, partial or full, will be accorded to participants who decide to withdraw after the start of the program.

Where does the camp take place?
Camp takes place at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, which is located at 145 Queen Street West. The program room entrance is east of the Box Office located on the South East corner of Queen Street West and University Avenue.

For more information on how to get to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts visit the map and directions page on our website.

When can I drop my child off and pick my child up?
On Mondays, campers can be dropped off beginning at 8:30 a.m. For the remainder of the week (Thursday to Friday), campers can be dropped off beginning at 8:45 a.m. The program begins at 9 a.m.

Extended care allows Little and Junior Company campers to be picked up later (additional fee of $40/week). Extended care is supervised by staff and lightly programmed. Campers registered for extended care must be picked up by 5 p.m.

There is no extended care for Senior Company campers.

Is financial assistance available?
Yes. Visit coc.ca/Bursaries for information on applying for financial assistance. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 21, 2017.

Can applicants participate in a camp for which they fall outside the age/grade level indicated?
All camps are specifically designed to provide the best possible experience for the age groups indicated. No exceptions will be made for applicants who are not available for their age group’s camp. This applies to all ages. However, for the Senior Company, youth who are graduating from grade 12 may sign up (in addition to youth entering grades 9 to 12).

Is lunch included?
No. Lunch is not provided. Please send your child to camp with a nut-free lunch, snacks, and a refillable water bottle. Though the COC cannot guarantee a nut-free environment, we request that participants refrain from bringing food items that contain nut ingredients (eg. peanut butter sandwiches, peanut oil, etc.) to the program.

What should my child wear to camp?
Clothing must be appropriate for active fun! Campers will be involved in drama and movement sessions which require them to have a wide range of movement. Campers will also participate in arts and craft activities. Spills are inevitable and may not wash out completely. Clothing should be chosen accordingly. Please refrain from sending your child to camp in sandals for safety reasons.

My child has an allergy. Who should I inform?
A link to a mandatory online health and medical safety form will be sent to the e-mail provided in your registration.

Who teaches at camp?
Camp is led by an artistic team including a composer, a drama and movement specialist, a designer, and one or more assistants and volunteers. The Junior Company staff also includes a vocal specialist. The Senior Company staff also includes a vocal specialist and an accompanist. Stay tuned for biographies of the artistic team.

What will my child do in camp?
Your child will explore composing, singing, story creation, acting, movement, and the visual arts, while having fun meeting new friends with similar interests. Working with an existing story as a starting point, Little and Junior Company participants will write and compose their own opera with help from professional artist-educators. Senior Company participants will create a story for their opera from scratch. Next they’ll choose a role and begin staging and rehearsing their opera, as well as designing and creating costumes, props, and/or a set for their opera. Campers will present a special rehearsal of their creation to family and friends on the last day of camp. Activities are always adjusted according to the abilities and interests of the age group.

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT CAMPS

My son was so excited to go to camp every day.
- Little Company Parent 2015

He asked for an art, music or drama camp and got three-in-one with this camp and a lot more.
- Little Company Parent 2016

From our daughter’s comments she had tremendous respect for the instructors. She made great friends and loved playing in the park across the street. It was an excellent experience for her to build her appreciation for opera, culture, and coming together with others and working to create a masterpiece.
- Junior Company Parent 2015

I loved how the children were encouraged to be creative, and the building of confidence. Children were given an opportunity to learn through play.
- Junior Company Parent 2015

The performance was exceptional! I am so impressed by the quality of the production, by the kids’ wonderful performance, set design, costumes, music etc. So professional!
- Junior Company Parent 2016

My daughter had so much fun!
- Junior Company Parent 2016

It inspired my daughter to sing and be creative.
- Intermediate Company Parent 2015

It was a terrifically valuable experience for my daughter.
- Intermediate Company Parent 2016

The staff provided fabulous support and encouragement for creativity.
- Intermediate Company Parent 2016

The opera they created and performed was original, beautiful.
- Senior Company Parent 2015

When the participants sang as a group it was breathtaking. 
- Senior Company Parent 2016

The whole thing was great: level of skill and performance, happy kids, the appreciation by all was really lovely.
- Senior Company Parent 2016

It was beautiful and creative. Everyone had a chance to shine.
- Senior Company Parent 2016

WHAT KIDS ARE SAYING ABOUT CAMPS

I had fun singing.
- Little Company Participant 2016

You get to make your costume and meet new friends!
- Junior Company Participant 2016

It was super fun, exciting, interesting, and educational (about music and putting on an opera).
- Junior Company Participant 2016

I like how welcoming it is. I loved writing our own script and learning new skills.
- Intermediate Company Participant 2015

I enjoy opera and made many memories and friends.
- Intermediate Company Participant 2016

It was so much fun and had so much of what I like to do (sing, act, design and compose songs).
- Intermediate Company Participant 2016

I loved meeting like-minded individuals, and composing and performing an aria. It was a really unforgettable experience!
- Senior Company Participant 2015

I learned that it’s possible to find people of my age who have the same interests as me.
- Senior Company Participant 2016

My favourite part was working alongside such great people with such knowledgeable specialists.
- Senior Company Participant 2016

I loved singing together and learning new songs! I loved learning techniques to become a better singer.
- Senior Company Participant 2016

The camp fostered an amazing positive atmosphere for creating and collaborating.
- Senior Company Participant 2016

This camp helped me gain the confidence to move around on stage properly.
- Senior Company Participant 2016

I enjoyed the composition most of all because it was really a free canvas where we could use any musical form to express a concept or create an idea. We had total artistic freedom. I also enjoyed the social aspect—talking with other young people who shared my interests. It was nice to have conversations about music theory, or different opera singers.
- Senior Company Participant 2016


Scotiabank Summer Opera Camps last July. Photo Credit: COC © 2016

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PROGRAM SUPPORTERS:

J.P. Bickell Foundation
The Peterson Family Charitable Foundation

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