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).


  • Violins
    • Marie Bérard*, Concertmaster
    • Aaron Schwebel, Associate Concertmaster
    • Jamie Kruspe, Assistant Concertmaster
    • Paul Zevenhuizen, Principal Second
    • Csaba Koczó, Assistant Principal Second
    • Anne Armstrong
    • James Aylesworth
    • Sandra Baron
    • Bethany Bergman
    • Elizabeth Johnston
    • Nancy Kershaw
    • Dominique Laplante
    • Clara Lee
    • Yakov Lerner
    • Jayne Maddison
    • Aya Miyagawa
    • Louise Tardif
    • Alexander Volkov
    • Joanna Zabrowarna

    *The Concertmaster's chair has been endowed in perpetuity by Joey and Toby Tanenbaum.
    Viola
    • Keith Hamm, Principal
    • Joshua Greenlaw, Assistant Principal
    • Catherine Gray
    • Sheila Jaffé
    • Beverley Spotton
    • Yosef Tamir
    Cello
    • Leana Rutt, Principal
    • Paul Widner, Assistant Principal
    • Maurizio Baccante
    • Olga Laktionova
    • Elaine Thompson
    Bass
    • Tony Flynt, Principal
    • Robert Speer, Assistant Principal
    • 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
    • Scott Wevers, Principal
    • Gary Pattison
    • Bardhyl Gjevori
    • Janet Anderson
    Trumpet
    • Robert Weymouth, Principal
    Trombone
    • Charles Benaroya, Principal
    • Ian Cowie
    Bass Trombone
    • Herbert Poole
    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

    SECOND TRUMPET

    Monday, October 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: October 1, 2019

    Remuneration for Second Trumpet, 2018-19 Season:
    $274.07 per service, 120 service minimum, 10.5% AFM EPW
    Remuneration for 2019-20 is under negotiation.

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

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

    Interested applicants please send complete resume, including name, address, telephone number by October 1, 2019 to:

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

    [email protected]
    416-306-2340


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

    DEUXIÈME TROMPETTE 

    Les auditions nationales auront lieu le 21 Octobre 2019 à 10h
    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 1 Octobre, 2019

    Rémunération pour deuxième trompette, saison 2018-19
    $274.07 par service, minimum de 120 services, 10.5% AFM EPW
    Rémunération pour 2019-20 est en cours de negotiation.

    Les musiciens du Canadian Opera Company Orchestra sont membres de la fédération américaine 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 telephone et courriel avant le 1 Octobre, 2019 à

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

    [email protected]
    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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