The COC Orchestra


The COC Orchestra—the oldest opera orchestra in Canada—comprises more than 50 permanent instrumentalists and has received worldwide acclaim for its musical versatility and range of expression. Under German-born conductor Johannes Debus, who was appointed Music Director of the Canadian Opera Company in 2009, the orchestra continues to excel in a wide variety of repertoire, achieving “almost otherworldly perfection” (Globe and Mail).


  • Violin I
    • Marie Bérard*, Concertmaster
    • Aaron Schwebel, Associate Concertmaster
    • Jamie Kruspe, Assistant Concertmaster
    • Anne Armstrong
    • Sandra Baron
    • Bethany Bergman
    • Nancy Kershaw
    • Dominique Laplante
    • Yakov Lerner
    • Jayne Maddison
    *The Concertmaster's chair has been endowed in perpetuity by Joey and Toby Tanenbaum.
    Violin II
    • Paul Zevenhuizen, Principal
    • Csaba Koczó, Assistant Principal
    • James Aylesworth
    • Elizabeth Johnston
    • Aya Miyagawa
    • Louise Tardif
    • Joanna Zabrowarna
    Viola
    • Keith Hamm, Principal
    • Joshua Greenlaw, Assistant Principal
    • Catherine Gray
    • Sheila Jaffé
    • Beverley Spotton
    • Yosef Tamir
    Cello
    • Paul Widner, Assistant Principal
    • Maurizio Baccante
    • Olga Laktionova
    • Elaine Thompson
    Bass

    • Tony Flynt, Principal
    • Robert Speer, Assistant Principal
    • Tom Hazlitt
    • Paul Langley
    Woodwinds
    Flute
    • Douglas Stewart, Principal
    • Shelley Brown
    Piccolo
    • Shelley Brown
    Oboe
    • Mark Rogers, Principal
    • Lesley Young
    English Horn
    • Lesley Young
    Clarinet
    • Dominic Desautels, Principal
    • Colleen Cook
    Bass Clarinet
    • Colleen Cook
    Bassoon
    • Eric Hall, Principal
    • Lisa Chisolm
    Contrabassoon
    • Lisa Chisolm
    Brass
    French Horn
    • Gary Pattison
    • Bardhyl Gjevori
    • Janet Anderson
    Trumpet
    • Robert Weymouth, Principal
    Trombone
    • Charles Benaroya, Principal
    • Ian Cowie
    Bass Trombone
    • Herbert Poole
    Tuba/Cimbasso
    • Scott Irvine, Principal
    Harp
    • Sarah Davidson, Principal
    Personnel Manager and Library
    Personnel Manager
    • Ian Cowie
    Music Librarian
    • Wayne Vogan
    Assistant Librarian
    • Ondrej Golias
    Stage Librarian
    • Paul Langley
  • Canadian Opera Company
    Alexander Neef, General Director
    Johannes Debus, Music Director
    Announce a National Audition for

    SECTION VIOLIN, 2 POSITIONS

    January 21, 2019, 10:00 AM
    At the Canadian Opera Company
    227 Front Street East
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    M5A 1E8

    Canadian Opera Company reserves the right to invite selected candidates to audition.
    Application deadline: December 31, 2018

    Remuneration for Section Violin 2018-19 Season:
    $274.07 per service, 120 service minimum, 10.5% AFM EPW

    The musicians of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra are members of the Canadian Federation of Musicians.

    The repertoire list is available by email and in PDF form here.

    Interested applicants please send their complete resume, including name, address, telephone number and name of affiliate AFM Local by December 31, 2018 to:

    Ian Cowie
    Orchestra Personnel Manager
    Canadian Opera Company
    227 Front Street East
    Toronto, Ontario Canada
    M5A 1E8

    ianc@coc.ca
    416 306 2340



    Canadian Opera Company
    Alexander Neef, directeur général
    Johannes Debus, directeur musical
    annonce les auditions pour

    tutti Violon deux positions

    Les auditions nationales auront lieu le 21 janvier 2019 à 10h00
    au Canadian Opera Company
    227 Front Street East
    Toronto Ontario, Canada
    M5A 1E8

    Canadian Opera Company se réserve le droit d’inviter certains candidats choisis pour les auditions. Date limite de candidatures: le 31 decembre 2018

    Rémunération pour Violin 2018-19
    $274.07 par service, minimum de 120 services, 10.5% AFM EPW

    Les musiciens du Canadian Opera Company Orchestra sont membres de la fédération canadienne des musiciens.

    La liste de répertoire est disponible par courriel et ici (pdf).

    Les musiciens intéressés sont priés de faire parvenir leur curriculum vitae, incluant leur nom, adresse, numéro de téléphone, courriel, et leur affiliation syndicale avant le 31 decembre, 2018 à

    Ian Cowie
    Orchestra Personnel Manager
    Canadian Opera Company Orchestra
    227 Front Street East
    Toronto Ontario, Canada
    M5A 1E8

    ianc@coc.ca
    416 306 2340



    Canadian Opera Company
    Alexander Neef, General Director
    Johannes Debus, Music Director
    Announce a National Audition for

    Principal Cello and Associate Principal Cello, 2 positions

    February 11, 2019, 10:00 AM
    At the Canadian Opera Company
    227 Front Street East
    Toronto Ontario, Canada

    Canadian Opera Company reserves the right to invite selected candidates to audition.

    Application deadline: January 21, 2019

    Remuneration for Principal Cello and Associate Principal Cello 2018-19 Season:
    $411.11 per service, 120 service minimum, 10.5% AFM EPW

    If the position is filled internally the runner up may be offered the resulting vacancy

    The musicians of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra are members of the Canadian Federation of Musicians.

    The repertoire list is available by email and in PDF form here.

    Interested applicants please send their complete resume, including name, address, telephone number and name of affiliate AFM Local by January 21, 2019 to:

    Ian Cowie
    Orchestra Personnel Manager
    Canadian Opera Company
    227 Front Street East
    Toronto, Ontario Canada
    M5A 1E8

    ianc@coc.ca
    416 306 2340



    Canadian Opera Company
    Alexander Neef, directeur général
    Johannes Debus, directeur musical
    annonce les auditions pour

    Cello solo et Cello solo associé

    Les auditions nationales auront lieu le 11 fevrier 2019 à 10h00 au Canadian Opera Company, 227 Front Street East, Toronto.

    Canadian Opera Company se réserve le droit d’inviter certains candidats choisis pour les auditions.

    Date limite de candidatures: le 21 janvier 2019

    Rémunération pour cello solo et cello solo associé, saison 2018-19
    $411.11 par service, minimum de 120 services, 10.5% AFM EPW

    Si le poste est pourvu en interne, le deuxieme candidat peut être offert le vacance suivant.

    Les musiciens du Canadian Opera Company Orchestra sont membres de la fédération canadienne des musiciens.

    La liste de répertoire est disponible par courriel etici (pdf).

    Les musiciens intéressés sont priés de faire parvenir leur curriculum vitae, incluant leur nom, adresse, numéro de téléphone, courriel, et leur affiliation syndicale avant le 21 janvier, 2019 à

    Ian Cowie
    Orchestra Personnel Manager
    Canadian Opera Company Orchestra
    227 Front Street East
    Toronto Ontario, Canada
    M5A 1E8

    ianc@coc.ca
    416 306 2340


Music Director Johannes Debus and the COC Orchestra (2018), photo: Gaetz Photography

Phone: 416-363-8231

Toll Free: 1-800-250-4653

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