Scotiabank After School Opera Program

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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 music, drama, and design to create, rehearse, and perform an original opera. This fun and unique program develops children’s performance and music skills and nurtures their self-confidence. Friends and family are invited to attend the 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 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 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 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 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Ourland Community Centre located at 18 Ourland Ave. (at Islington).

  • Fall – September 28 to December 7, 2015; excluding Thanksgiving
  • Winter – January 4 to March 7, 2016; excluding Family Day
  • Spring – April 4 to June 6, 2016; excluding Victoria Day

The cost is $11 per student per term.

To Register: Registration for the spring term opens Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7 a.m. For details and registration, go online at toronto.ca/torontofun or call 311. The After School Opera Program is listed as "Opera For Children" under Performing Arts.

BARCODES
Fall barcode: 2750548
Winter barcode: 2750573

Spring barcode: TBC

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 29 to December 1, 2015
  • Winter – January 5 to March 8, 2016
  • Spring – April 5 to June 7, 2016

The cost is $11 per student per term.

To Register: Registration for the spring term opens Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 7 a.m. For details and registration, go online at toronto.ca/torontofun or call 311. The After School Opera Program is listed as "Opera For Children" under Performing Arts.

BARCODES
Fall barcode: 2755300
Winter barcode: 2755394
Spring barcode: TBC

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 – September 30 to December 2, 2015
  • Winter – January 6 to March 9, 2016
  • Spring – April 6 to June 8, 2016

The cost is $15 per student per term.

To Register: Registration for the spring term is now open. For registration information, contact Sherry Squires, Music School Co-ordinator at 416-532-4828 x. 127 or e-mail 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 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room located at Pleasantview Community Centre, 545 Van Horne Ave. (Finch Ave. and Victoria Park Ave.).

  • Fall – October 7 to December 9, 2015
  • Winter – January 6 to March 2, 2016
  • Spring – March 30 to June 1, 2016

The cost is $11 per student per term.

To Register: Registration for the spring term opens Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 7 a.m. For details and registration, go online at toronto.ca/torontofun or call 311. The After School Opera Program is listed as "Opera For Children" under Performing Arts.

BARCODES

Fall barcode: 2754198
Winter barcode: 2754219
Spring barcode: TBC
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 1 to December 3, 2015
  • Winter – January 7 to March 10, 2016
  • Spring – April 7 to June 9, 2016

The cost is $11 per student per term.

To Register: Registration for the spring term opens Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 7 a.m. For details and registration, go online at toronto.ca/torontofun or call 311. The After School Opera Program is listed as "Opera For Children" under Performing Arts.

BARCODES
Fall barcode: 2769760
Winter barcode: 2777317
Spring barcode: TBC


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, Ourland Community Centre, St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre, Pleasantview Community Centre.

Scotiabank After School Opera Program participant at St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre, 2015. Photo Credit: COC

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