Sing! Move! Act! Compose! Play!

The 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 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.

ASOP 20th Anniversary
  • 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).

    Registration opens September 11, 2019.
    Sign up at Montgomery's Inn or call 416-394-8113.

    Fall Term: Sept. 30 – Dec. 2

    Winter Term: Jan. 6 – Mar. 9

    Spring Term: Mar. 30 – Jun. 8 

    For more information about ASOP in Etobicoke, contact Montgomery's Inn!

    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).

    Registration opens September 10th, 2019.
    Sign up at Barbara Frum or call 416-395-6123.

    Fall Term: Oct. 1 – Dec. 3

    Winter Term: Jan. 7 – Mar. 10

    Spring Term: Apr. 7 – Jun. 9 

    For more information about ASOP in North Toronto, contact Barbara Frum!

    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).

    Registration open now!
    Sign up at West Neighbourhood House or call 416-532-4828.

    Fall Term: Oct. 2 – Dec. 4

    Winter term: Jan. 8 – Mar. 11

    Spring Term: Apr. 8 – Jun. 10 

    For more information about ASOP in Downtown West, contact West Neighbourhood House!

    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).

    Registration opens September 10th, 2019.
    Sign up at Parkway Forest or call 416-392-6383.

    Fall Term: Oct. 9 – Dec. 11

    Winter Term: Jan. 8 – Mar. 11

    Spring term: Apr. 8 – Jun. 10

    For more information about ASOP in North York, contact Parkway Forest!

    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).

    Registration opens September 11th, 2019.
    Sign up at St. Lawrence or call 416-392-1347.

    Fall Term: Oct. 3 – Dec. 12

    Winter Term: Jan. 9 – Mar. 12

    Spring Term: Apr. 9 – Jun. 11

    For more information about ASOP in Downtown East, contact St. Lawrence CRC!

  • 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 composer at the COC’s 2015 and 2016 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.

    Participants prepare for their final performance, putting into practice what they learned earlier in the term in an artist-educator-led workshop on theatrical makeup.
    Photo Credit: COC © 2010
    Ready to howl at the moon! Werewolves, zombies, vampires and ghosts get into costume and character as they get ready to perform in the world premiere of mini-opera The Otherwordly.
    Photo Credit: COC © 2010

What Are People Saying About The After School Opera Program?
"My child loves the program. It is ambitious, creative and empowering. Thank you!” – Parent

“I feel very fortunate to have had my child participate in this enriching experience. She’s gained confidence and had opportunities to express her creativity.” – Parent


The Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation
The McLean Foundation

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.

Photo Credit: COC

Phone: 416-363-8231

Toll Free: 1-800-250-4653

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