Summer Opera Camp General Volunteers and Design Volunteers

The Canadian Opera Company (COC) Summer Opera Camp offers children and youth in or 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 their opera to an audience of family and friends.

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 Assistants.

The COC’s Summer Opera Camps take place at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto (in the Education Centre and Rehearsal Hall) located at 145 Queen St. W. Hours can vary depending on position, but they would fall between the following times:

Little Company (Grades 1 to 3): July 2 to 5, 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Junior Company (Grades 4 to 6): July 8 to 12, 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Intermediate Company (Grades 7 to 8): July 15 to 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Senior Company (Grades 9 to 12): July 22 to 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Note: Campers will enter these grades in September 2019. Volunteers must be older than the age of the participants for the week(s) that they are volunteering.


General volunteers will help with a variety of tasks and responsibilities including:

  • supporting the Camps Assistant with administrative and logistical tasks (e.g. room organization, set-up and clean-up);
  • supporting the teaching artists during lessons;
  • encouraging a safe learning environment for participants;
  • supporting participants during their activities;
  • working with the assistants/artists to supervise children during lunch;
  • other related projects as necessary.


What is design? Design consists of the elements that support the storytelling on stage including: the set, props, and costumes. Campers create their own designs for their operas with the help of a Design Specialist and a Design Assistant. It’s a fun, messy, and creative experience!

The Design volunteers will involve a variety of tasks and responsibilities including:

  • supporting the Design specialist and Design Assistant with the creation and building of sets, props, and costumes, setting up and cleaning up the studio, and helping to organize and maintain arts and crafts supplies;
  • encouraging a creative and safe learning environment for participants;
  • supporting participants during their activities;
  • other related projects as necessary.


These volunteer positions will be suited to individuals who:

  • are current secondary students looking to fulfill their volunteer hours and gain experience for their resume or undergraduate students looking for volunteer and/or experiential learning opportunities;
  • have an interest in arts education and working with children and/or teenagers
  • have an interest in theatre, drama, music, visual arts, and/or opera (note: Design volunteers must demonstrate an interest in visual arts and design);
  • are comfortable working well independently and in a team environment;
  • are available to volunteer for the duration of one or more of the weeks of camp;
  • are committed, reliable, and enjoy working in creative environments.


In addition to gaining experience in arts education, and collaborating with teaching artists, young people, and a large institution in delivering public programming, volunteers will receive tickets to select opera dress rehearsals in the 2019/2020 season and may receive professional references.


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

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


Fill out the application form by 12 p.m. on May 27, 2019.

Successful applicants will be invited for interviews. Those invited to volunteer will be required to complete AODA and Health & Safety training as well as providing a Vulnerable Sector Verification prior to the start date. 

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

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.

Phone: 416-363-8231

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