Summer Youth Intensive

Summer Youth Intensive

Opportunity. Community. Artistry.

The Summer Youth Intensive provides youth an opportunity to develop their performing arts or visual design skills and gain a behind-the-scenes perspective of what it takes to be a singer, director or designer in opera. Youth work with professional artists in specialized masterclasses and on group scene studies. They present a showcase of their hard work for family and friends at the end of the week.

Week 1: Monday, July 7 to Saturday, July 12, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Week 2: Monday, July 14 to Saturday, July 19, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ages:         Youth in grades 9 to 12 with previous experience and/or interest in the performing arts
Location:   Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre (227 Front St. E., Toronto)
Cost:          Week I - $350
Week II - $350
Both weeks - $625 (save $75!)

Download the 2013/2014 Summer Youth Intensive Handbook with information about the program, including what to bring and program policies. 

How to Register

The registration deadline has been ***EXTENDED*** to Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

Click here to register online now. A $3 online payment service charge will apply.

Download a registration form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) and submit it in one of three ways:
In person: visit our Box Office at Four Seasons Centre Box Office, 145 Queen St. W.
If you choose to register in person, please note that Box Office hours change seasonally, so be sure to check online before you make the trek out. Please call Ticket Services at 416-363-8231 or 1-800-250-4653.
By fax: Fax with credit card payment* to: 416-363-5584
By e-mail: Scan your completed form and e-mail it with credit card payment* to

*Offline registrations are processed as quickly as possible in the order that they are received. Due to the high volume of registrations, your registration will ONLY be confirmed by e-mail once it has been entered into the system. Please note we can only accept credit card payment with faxed and e-mailed registrations.

Please contact Blanche Israel, Interim Children and Youth Programs Co-ordinator at 416-306-2307 or e-mail for more information. 

Who should attend the summer youth intensive program?

The Summer Youth Intensive is designed for participants at any level of experience and training in performing arts. This program provides all participants the opportunity to connect with peers who share their passion for opera, to learn from high calibre artist-educators who maintain both professional performance practices with specific connections to opera and extensive teaching practices, and to benefit from interacting with the people and spaces behind the scenes at the COC.


  • Individualized instruction in masterclasses focuses on more advanced technique for more advanced students
  • Participants meet professionals and peers in the opera field and gain inspiration by all they have to offer and share
  • Improves and polishes existing skills
  • Teaches new repertoire and new skills that will be useful in their career and social pursuits
  • A good preparation for post-secondary music, opera and performance programs
  • A comfortable space in which to discuss long-term career paths and goals with professionals and other aspiring performers


  • Individualized instruction in masterclasses focuses on more introductory technique for students with less experience
  • Helps participants to discover their voices in a comfortable, welcoming and supportive environment
  • Exposure to and learning from listening to the talent of both instructors and peers
  • Teaches the broad scope of careers in opera and performing arts and expands their musical horizons
  • Builds confidence
  • A rich introduction to opera for people new to the art form
  • A chance to step out of their comfort zone and try something new


Where does the program take place?

The program takes place at the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, which is located at 227 Front Street East. The drop-off point is located through the Imperial Oil Opera Theatre doors. The Imperial Oil Opera Theatre doors are located on the north east side of the building, close to Berkeley Street. 

For more information on how to get to the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre visit the Map and Directions page on our website.

Please note: the program does not take place at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

What time does the program start?

Doors to the building will be open at 9:15 a.m. The program begins at 9:30 a.m.

Is financial assistance available?

The deadline to receive financial assistance was May 5, 2014. All bursary recipients have now been contacted. If you are still waiting on the status of your bursary application, contact

Applications are assessed based on financial need and interest in the program. The amount awarded to individuals is based on the number of applications received and the financial need of the applicants. The COC cannot guarantee that full or partial bursaries will be awarded to all applicants.

My child is in grade 8, can I enroll him/her in the program for youth in grades 9 to 12?

No. Exceptions may be made for participants entering grade 9 in the fall. This is not guaranteed and depends on program capacity at the time of inquiry. Please call education at 416-306-2307.

Is lunch included?

No. Lunch is not provided. Participants should pack a nut-free lunch, snacks and a refillable water bottle. We request that participants refrain from bringing food items that contain nut ingredients (ex. peanut butter sandwiches, peanut oil, etc.) to the program.

Participants with permission to leave the program unaccompanied may leave the premises for lunch. They must sign out with program staff.

What should I wear?

We encourage you to wear comfortable clothing for the workshops.

Participants who sign up for the stage combat masterclass should wear comfortable clothing that gives them free range of movement and should not wear heavy, tall boots or high-heeled shoes. Sneakers are recommended for participants taking the stage combat masterclass.

I/my child has an allergy. Who should I inform?

A mandatory health and medical safety form will be available closer to the program date. Please submit the completed form via email (scan and send the form to, by fax to 416-363-2895, or bring the form on the first day of the program.

What will participants do each day?

The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the mornings, participants experience what it is like to be a member of an opera chorus through group music and staging rehearsals. In the afternoon, students pursue their individual interests, choosing between elective sessions. Example elective sessions include: vocal masterclass, production design, and stage combat. On Saturday, participants will share their work with friends and family during an afternoon performance.

Program Supporters:

J.P. Bickell Foundation
State Street

2013 Summer Youth Intensive participant. Photo Credit: COC © 2013

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