Living Arts: Equipping Students with the Power of Communication

Unlock a passion for the arts, and encourage communicative skills, in your child with the Opus Alive Living Arts curriculum.  Living Arts is a singing-centric exploration of the arts for students in grades 1-4.

We believe that all forms of artistic expression support each other and enrich the overall development of each child. Our desire is to tap into the natural enthusiasm for discovery in every child and transform it into a lifelong passion to pursue deeper learning and growth.

As students actively engage in a diversity of art forms, they deepen their understanding of the world around them, and develop a keen capacity to communicate within it. For us, it all starts with the voice. Our goal is to produce great communicators, so we seek first to develop strong vocal skills through singing. And, by integrating different art forms into the choral landscape, we improve comprehension and long term retention, promote healthy risk taking, creativity, collaboration, mutual respect, expression, and confidence.

Living Arts incorporates aspects of the Royal Conservatory vocal and theory programs for grades 1-2. Students may choose to begin Royal Conservatory exams in conjunction with Living Arts if they choose, and can continue their journey with the Upper Canada Chorus for grades 3 RCM and beyond. The UCC concert season provides the learning context for Living Arts registrants, and as such all students will have the opportunity to perform in each of the 4 seasonal UCC concerts.

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Grades 1-4

$1190+HST
  • Sept 2017 – June 2018

Living Arts Faculty

Brian Rawlins
Brian Rawlins
Brian Rawlins is a professional Toy Inventor and Brander with international clients including Hasbro, Disney and Sesame Street. He received music education at the Royal Conservatory and the University of Toronto. Brian currently serves as the Artistic Director at Opus Alive, and is a co-founder of the Upper Canada Chorus.
Michelle Rawlins
Michelle Rawlins
Michelle is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music. She studied Piano Pedagogy with the world-renown Merina Geringas, who remained a close mentor until Merina’s passing last year. Michelle is a co-founder of the Upper Canada Chorus, and is currently Director of Curriculum at Opus Alive.
Lian Senior
Lian Senior
Lian graduated with an Arts degree from McMaster University in 2011. She was Head Chorister of the Upper Canada Chorus in 2007, and returned to Opus Alive in 2012 as a permanent faculty member, currently holding the position of Director of Community. Lian is one of the lead conductors at Upper Canada Chorus.
Michelle Angka
Michelle Angka
Michelle was Head Chorister at the Upper Canada Chorus in 2008. With a degree in Marketing and Business Administration from Wilfred Laurier, she now puts her considerable skills to work as the Registrar and Director of Events at Opus Alive.
Tina Desrochers
Tina Desrochers
Tina, originally from Montreal, Canada, is a passionate and versatile dancer. She has trained in many dance schools from Los Angeles to Montreal, France, Vancouver and New York. Tina is proficient at ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and lyrical dance forms, and excels at choreography.
Alex Mancini
Alex Mancini
Alex is an alumni of the Upper Canada Chorus program, and continues to work as for UCC when in town. She has performed as Disney’s “Belle”, but it is her work behind the scenes as a costume designer for Cirque du Soleil that has garnered her international accolades.
Mark Cammileri
Mark Cammileri
Mark’s entire professional life embraces music. As a Music Director, Pianist, Composer, Arranger, Accompanist, Engineer, Producer, Conductor, and Recording Studio Owner. He has worked with artists including Audra McDonald, Il Divo, Celine Dion, The Tenors, Andrea Bocelli and many more, and is sought after around the world for his extraordinary abilities.
Louise St. Cyr
Louise St. Cyr
Louise St.Cyr has over 20 years experience performing as a singer, dancer and actor in both Toronto and New York. Her natural talent as a performer and ability as a multi-tasker has taken her to Broadway and back again. Notably, Louise was dance captain for Show Boat on Broadway.
Joaquin Hidalgo-Nunez
Joaquin Hidalgo-Nunez
Joaquin Nuñez Hidalgo was born and raised in Cuba. His early inspiration was his musically gifted father Porfirio Nuñez, a former singer/guitarist with one of the oldest Cuban orchestras “Brisas de Nipe”.
Tim Gentle
Tim Gentle
Tim has a background in many instruments including piano and trombone to Taiko Drumming. He founded the Trinity-Bellwoods drum circle in 2002.
Kayla James
Kayla James
Kayla James is an actor, singer, and dancer based out of Toronto, Ontario. Recent shows include: Crazy For You, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia!, Anne of Green Gables and more.
Sara Wood
Sara Wood
Sara has trained in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, acro, hip hop, contemporary, modern and musical theater. Over the years Sara has also had professional experience dancing for charity galas and benefits.

THORNHILL CAMPUS

MONDAY EVENINGS

Living Arts – Grades 1-4: 5:30PM – 7:00PM

Holy Trinity Anglican Church
140 Brooke Street, Thornhill

UNIONVILLE CAMPUS

TUESDAY EVENINGS

Living Arts – Grades 1-4: 5:30PM – 7:00PM

Central United Church
131 Main Street, Unionville

RICHMOND HILL CAMPUS

THURSDAY EVENINGS

Living Arts – Grades 1-4: 5:30PM – 7:00PM

Richmond Hill United Church
10201 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill