Scotiabank Summer Opera Camps

Summer Opera Camps participants

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 opens January 2018. 
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Little Company (entering grades 1 to 3)

Date: July 3 to 6, 2018 (four days)
Time: Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with drop-off beginning at 8:45 a.m. 
Fee: $310
Extended Care: Tuesday to Thursday, 3:30 to 5 p.m. $30/week. If you have already signed up, register for extended care here
To register: Registration opens January 2018. 
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Junior Company (entering grades 4 to 6)

Date: July 9 to 13, 2018 (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: Registration opens January 2018. 
Click here to sign up for a registration reminder e-mail.

Intermediate Company (entering grades 7 to 8)

Date: July 16 to 20, 2018 (five days)
Time: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with drop-off beginning at 8:45 a.m.
Fee: $320
Extended Care: Extended care is not available for this age group.
To register: Registration opens January 2018. 
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Senior Company (entering grades 9 to 12)

Date: July 23 to 28, 2018 (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: Registration opens January 2018. 
Click here to sign up for a registration reminder e-mail.



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, 2018, you are entitled to a full refund. Any registrations cancelled between May 1, 2018 and June 24, 2018 will be partially refunded (less a 25% administration fee). No refunds will be given after the program registration deadline date of June 25, 2018. 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 (Tuesday for Little Company), campers can be dropped off beginning at 8:30 a.m. For the remainder of the week (Wednesday to Friday for Little Company, Tuesday to Friday for Junior and Intermediate Companies, Tuesday to Saturday for Senior Company), 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 $30/week for Little Company or $40/week for Junior Company). 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 Intermediate and Senior Company campers.

Is financial assistance available?
Yes. Visit for information on applying for financial assistance. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 20, 2018.

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 Intermediate and 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, Junior, and Intermediate 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.


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

Staff are wonderful, creative, kind and patient. Kids were enthusiastic.
- Little Company Parent 2017

Kids get to learn about the entire creative process (costume, lyrics, etc.)
- Little Company Parent 2017

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

I can’t believe this all happened in one week!
- Junior Company Parent 2017

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

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

Three daughters- so many camps have been attended. This is the top of the list. Well done- Thank you for building confidence, nurturing love of opera. Thank you.
- Senior Company Parent 2017

I was blown away by how passionate the performers and staff were.
- Senior Company Parent 2017


I had fun singing.
- Little Company Participant 2016

The best part of camp was everything.
- Little Company Participant 2017

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

Everyone working here is extremely talented in what they do. It was a great opportunity and a great experience. It was super duper fun to perform and learn lots, not just from the teachers here, but from each other. Thank you, Opera Camp!
- Junior Company Participant 2017

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

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

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

Everything we do in this camp I love, like the teachers - they are nice and help us a lot. When I leave camp I miss it and want it to start again.
- Senior Company Participant 2017

I loved the collaborative work of performing and composing/creating, as well as all of the fun exercises and games along the way. Really didn’t have a favorite part because everything was amazing.
- Senior Company Participant 2017

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




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