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
    • Terri Croft
    • Elizabeth Johnston
    • Nancy Kershaw
    • Dominique Laplante
    • Clara Lee
    • Yakov Lerner
    • Jayne Maddison
    • Aya Miyagawa
    • Louise Tardif
    • Joanna Zabrowarna

    *The Concertmaster's chair has been endowed in perpetuity by Joey and Toby Tanenbaum.
    • Keith Hamm, Principal
    • Joshua Greenlaw, Assistant Principal
    • Catherine Gray
    • Sheila Jaffé
    • Beverley Spotton
    • Yosef Tamir
    • Leana Rutt, Principal
    • Paul Widner, Assistant Principal
    • Maurizio Baccante
    • Olga Laktionova
    • Elaine Thompson
    • Tony Flynt, Principal
    • Robert Speer, Assistant Principal
    • Paul Langley
    • Douglas Stewart, Principal
    • Shelley Brown
    • Shelley Brown
    • Mark Rogers, Principal
    • Lesley Young
    English Horn
    • Lesley Young
    • Dominic Desautels, Principal
    • Colleen Cook
    Bass Clarinet
    • Colleen Cook
    • Eric Hall, Principal
    • Lisa Chisolm
    • Lisa Chisolm
    French Horn
    • Scott Wevers, Principal
    • Gary Pattison
    • Bardhyl Gjevori
    • Janet Anderson
    • Robert Weymouth, Principal
    • Charles Benaroya, Principal
    • Ian Cowie
    Bass Trombone
    • Herbert Poole
    • 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


    April 20, 2020, 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: March 30, 2020

    Remuneration for Section Bass, 2020-21 Season:
    $280.96 per service, 120 service minimum, 10.5% AFM EPW

    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 via PDF form here.

    Interested applicants please send complete resume, including name, address and email address by March 30, 2020 to:

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

    [email protected]

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

    deux positions

    Les auditions nationales auront lieu le 20 avril, 2020 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 30 mars, 2020

    Rémunération pour deuxième trompette, saison 2020-21
    $280.96 par service, minimum de 120 services, 10.5% AFM EPW

    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 30 mars, 2020 à

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

    [email protected]

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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