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

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

Redefining the music lesson experience!

The Opus Alive studios are located in the historic Heintzman House, Thornhill. The Heintzman name has been synonymous with extraordinary music in Canada since 1870. Opus Alive has permanent residence in the historic Heintzman mansion, where we have equipped our lesson studios with fully restored Heintzman pianos. Our teaching staff is unparalleled and dedicated to the task of not just empowering young musicians, but unlocking a passion that will carry into every facet of life.

Opus Alive is first and foremost a performing organization. As such, all private lesson students perform in masterclasses, and in micro-concerts throughout the season. Similar to a University faculty experience, even piano and string students sing, joining with the Upper Canada Chorus for some concerts throughout the season (at no additional charge).

Students are assigned to one advisor, yet are exposed to a collaborative teaching environment including the most extraordinary teachers in our city.

Our studio in the Heintzman House is limited to 100 students, and you must be accepted into the studio by first scheduling a “Meet With Us!” session. Call the number below, or fill in a Meet with us! form today, as not many spaces remain for September.

905.237.1139

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 Alive.
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 Alive, 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. He is the winner of numerous international piano competitions, and currently supervises advanced piano instruction at Opus Alive.
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.
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.
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.

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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Come sing with Canada’s preeminent choral experience for youth

Admission is by audition only. Book a Meet With Us! session today and join a truly extraordinary group of  young musicians.