The COC is looking for an artist to lead the After School Opera Program at our three newest locations, established in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough: St. Thomas More Catholic School (2300 Ellesmere Rd.), Boys and Girls Club (100 Galloway Rd.) and St. Margaret’s Public School (235 Galloway Rd.).
The purpose of the After School Opera Program is to provide participants with a meaningful and accessible arts experience that introduces them to the elements of opera as a performing art, with particular emphasis on singing and acting in a group. In this role, the lead artist will deliver the 8- to 10-week program on Thursday afternoons at one of three Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough community location during each of the three school semesters (September – December; January – March; March/April – June).
Each weekly session is 2 hours in length. The lead artist will teach the children music, which may include a variety of musical styles, including adaptations from the opera repertoire, written into a miniature opera by the After School Opera Program’s composer-in-residence, Dean Burry. The lead artist will guide drama activities inspired by the music and the stories behind the opera, and help participants prepare for a sharing of their work with family and friends on the last day of the program. Guest artists will lead occasional workshops in areas such as design for costume and sets, creative movement, or wigs and make-up to supplement the children’s exposure to opera as a multidisciplinary performing art. The number of participants is restricted to a maximum of 30 each semester. There is the potential for a second weekday to be added as early as of spring 2013.
Students range in age from 7 to 12 years. The ideal candidate will have teaching experience with junior/intermediate level children, a familiarity with the opera repertoire, and an independent means of transportation. Piano proficiency, knowledge of the Orff method of music instruction and experience teaching children drama are definite assets. After a period of mentorship, the selected artist will be tasked with choosing or writing the music to be taught and planning each of the program’s 8 to 10 weeks of activities.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to:
Education and Outreach
Canadian Opera Company
227 Front St. E.
Toronto, ON M5A 1E8
Closing date: Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 5 p.m.
The COC will gladly accept examples of work including CDs and MP3s.