The Canadian Opera Company (COC) Scotiabank Summer Opera Camp offers children and youth entering grades 1 to 12 the opportunity to create their own opera over the course of one of four fun-filled weeks in July. Participants explore every element of an operatic production, including singing, composing, story creation, drama, movement and stage design. At the end of the week, participants present a special sharing of their opera to family and friends.

The volunteers will work with the education department, which consists of four full-time employees, and will report to the Children, Youth, and Family Programs Manager and Summer Opera Camps Assistant.
The education and outreach team is looking for camp volunteers who will actively support programs for five to 21 year olds. The selected candidates will receive tickets to the opera dress rehearsals in the 2018/2019 season and may receive professional references.

Volunteers will report to the Children, Youth, and Family Programs Manager and Summer Opera Camps Assistant. Throughout the week there will also be opportunities to work with the design specialist. This position will involve a variety of tasks and responsibilities including:

· supporting specialists in creating and presenting concepts and lessons
· fostering a creative and safe learning environment for participants;
· supporting participants during their activities
· working with the assistants/artists to supervise children during lunch
· collaborating with specialists on programming
· providing support for the design specialist
· organizing the design space
· other related projects as necessary

This volunteer position will be suited but not limited to a secondary student looking to fulfill their volunteer hours or a volunteer of any age looking for a place to contribute their time and energy; enjoys working with children of all ages; works well independently as well as in a team environment; is available to work during one or more of the weeks of camp, July 3-28; and is familiar with arts education, and has a love of theatre/opera.

Submissions will be accepted until June 15, 2018.

The COC thanks all applicants in advance. Only those considered for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

For more information about the Scotiabank Summer Opera Camps and all of the COC’s education and outreach initiatives, please visit our website at or contact

The COC is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities in all parts of the hiring process. If you require an accommodation, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

Please respond by e-mail to:
Children, Youth & Family Programs Manager
Canadian Opera Company
227 Front St. E.
Toronto, Ontario M5A 1E8

Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The COC enjoys a loyal audience support-base and one of the highest attendance and subscription rates in North America. Under its leadership team of General Director Alexander Neef and Music Director Johannes Debus, the COC is increasingly capturing the opera world’s attention. The COC maintains its international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation by creating new productions within its diverse repertoire, collaborating with leading opera companies and festivals, and attracting the world’s foremost Canadian and international artists. The COC performs in its own opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, hailed internationally as one of the finest in the world. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the Four Seasons Centre opened in 2006. For more information on the COC, visit its website,

About the Education and Outreach Department

The COC stands at the forefront of opera production in Canada and is internationally recognized for its commitment to delivering opera of the highest standards. In addition to the core activities on the mainstage, the COC offers 20 accessible, meaningful and enriching education and outreach programs to a diverse audience of 40,000 children, youth, and adults annually. Working with the COC education and outreach team, individuals gain invaluable arts administration and artist-educator experience and learn about the inner workings of a large cultural institution.

Phone: 416-363-8231

Toll Free: 1-800-250-4653

Contact Page

Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube