OPUS Alive: Canada’s #1 Destination for Arts Education

With permanent studio facilities in the historic Heintzman House, OPUS offers an unparalleled lesson experience here in York Region.

Redefining the music lesson experience!

The OPUS studios are located in the historic Heintzman House, Thornhill. The Heintzman name has been synonymous with extraordinary music in Canada since 1870. OPUS has permanent residence in the historic Heintzman mansion, where we have equipped our lesson studios with fully restored Heintzman pianos. Both the environment and teaching staff are unparalleled in York Region, providing a true regional alternative to the Royal Conservatory in downtown Toronto. Our program corresponds with all Royal Conservatory grades right up to and through ARCT.

All private lesson students perform in masterclasses, and in micro-concerts throughout the season. Students are assigned to one faculty advisor, and are exposed to a collaborative teaching environment including the most extraordinary teachers in our city.

We are quickly reaching capacity in our Private Lesson studios for 2018/19, so we encourage you to contact us quickly. Schedule a “Meet With Us!” session today and discover the OPUS difference. We will conduct a mini lesson in your session, and you will meet at least 2 of the teaching staff. Call the number below, or fill in a Meet With Us! form at the bottom of this page.

905.237.1139

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Teaching Faculty

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.
Brian Rawlins
Brian Rawlins
Brian Rawlins is a professional Toy Inventor and Brander with international clients including Hasbro, Disney and Sesame Street. He received formal music education at the Royal Conservatory and the University of Toronto. Brian currently serves as the Artistic Director at OPUS, and is a co-founder of the Upper Canada Chorus.
Dr. Christopher Miranda
Dr. Christopher Miranda
Dr Miranda completed his Master’s degree in Piano Performance at the University of Toronto, and continued his studies at Yale and Indiana University, where he earned his PhD. Christopher currently supervises advanced piano instruction at OPUS.
Clara Lee
Clara Lee
Clara studied music at the prestigious Julliard School in New York, and currently works as a violinist for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company.
Katelyn Bird
Katelyn Bird
Currently studying Vocal Performance at the prestigious Glenn Gould School in Toronto, Katelyn has been heralded a “voice to watch” by the Toronto Star. Katelyn is a former Head Chorister at the Upper Canada Chorus (2014), and continues to support UCC as a Conductor in Residence.
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.
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 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.

Bi-Weekly Lessons

$315term
  • Offered on alternating weeks
  • 5 x 45 minute Private Lessons

Plan #1 (Piano or Voice)

$420term
  • 1 Consult with Advisor
  • 10 x 30 minute Private Lessons
  • 1 Performance Masterclass
  • 1 Term Performance

Plan #2 (Piano, Voice or Both)

$630term
  • 1 Consult with Advisor
  • 10 x 45 minute Private Lessons
  • 1 Performance Masterclass
  • 1 Term Performance

Plan #3 (Piano, Voice or Both)

$840term
  • 1 Consult with Advisor
  • 10 x 60 minute Private Lessons
  • 1 Performance Masterclass
  • 1 Term Performance

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    "Meet with Us" sessions are approximately 30 minutes in length and include a micro trial lesson. A 30 minute time slot will be assigned during your preferred meeting time. We charge a $20 fee to reserve your time.
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Explore York Region’s preeminent music education experience!

Book a Meet With Us session today and join a truly extraordinary group of young musicians.
Adults welcome!