Job Postings: After School Opera Program Assistants, Canadian Opera Company


Education and Outreach at the Canadian Opera Company is looking for one or more energetic and responsible Program Assistants to provide program support and supervise a group of up to 25 children as part of the After School Opera Program at our North Toronto and/or North York locations:


Barbara Frum Recreation Centre
20 Covington Road (Bathurst and Lawrence)

Tuesdays from 4 to 6 p.m
September 30 to December 2, 2014
January 6 to March 10, 2015
March 31 to June 2, 2015


Pleasantview Community Centre
545 Van Horne Ave. (Victoria Park and Finch)

Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m
October 9 to December 4, 2014
January 8 to March 5, 2015
April 9 to June 11, 2015

The After School Opera Program annually introduces 300 children ages seven to 12 to opera as a collective celebration of vocal music, drama and visual arts. Each term, participants are guided by artist-educators to create and perform an original mini-opera based on their own ideas and improvisations. The Program Assistant contributes to the accessibility and appreciation of opera and the success of the After School Opera Program by establishing a safe and welcoming environment in which young participants can engage in creative exploration of the art form.

Your Role:

  • Providing support to the lead artist and visiting artist-educators including but not limited to:  leading warm-up/focus activities, assisting with set up and clean up, actively engaging in program activities and encouraging participants to stay on task and managing thebackstage area during final performances
  • Supervising the participants and promoting a safe and welcoming environment
  • Taking weekly attendance, distributing letters and notifications created by the COC to parents and guardians, maintaining inventory of supplies, completing a weekly report
  • Depending on the teaching experience and artistic background of the Assistant, s/he may from time to time be invited to act as substitute teaching artist in the event that the Lead Artist is ill or acting elsewhere on behalf of the COC

Your Background:

This position is best suited for students who have experience working with children and who are interested in the performing arts and arts education, looking to gain further experience in community arts education.  The ideal candidate:

  • Demonstrates responsibility, reliability and experience in working with large groups of children in an educational or recreational environment
  • Has a background in music, visual or performing arts
  • Embodies positivity and enthusiasm, displays initiative and has a sense of humour
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Some post-secondary education
  • Holds, or can acquire, a valid Vulnerable Sector Verification through the Police Reference Check program
  • First Aid Certificate is an asset

About the Canadian Opera Company 

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, and is also the performance venue for The NationalBallet of Canada. For more information on the COC, visit its award-winning website,

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to or fax: 416-363-5584. We thank all candidates who apply however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Salary: $16/hr

Application deadline: Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Education and Outreach
Canadian Opera Company
227 Front St. E., Toronto, ON M5A 1E8