Choral Program Registration opusalive
Upper Canada Chorus: Canada’s preeminent choral experience for youth
An extraordinary experience for elite singers, UCC is the destination for some of the finest young musicians in our city.
Our flagship choral program
If you love to sing, we have 3 core campuses across the GTA – Thornhill, Richmond Hill and Unionville – where hundreds of students just like you meet each week to prepare for an extraordinary seasonal concert lineup. If the full commitment of a weekly rehearsal is not for you, consider joining one of our Opus Regional Choir campuses – Opus Newmarket, Opus Vaughan, Opus Halton, Opus Durham or Opus North York. Or, you can choose to participate in one or more of our concert experiences throughout the season. Watch the video below to get a glimpse of the UCC program, then come Meet With Us! to discuss the many options available.
Upper Canada Chorus incorporates aspects of the Royal Conservatory vocal and theory programs. Students are encouraged to begin Royal Conservatory grades in conjunction with the Upper Canada Chorus experience.
We believe in the extraordinary capacity of each individual to adapt and learn, and to approach the world with an almost magical sense of wonder and discovery. It is this innate human spirit that launches young people on a quest to acquire language, to fascinate over the simple movements of nature, and to explore the natural sounds and rhythms all around us.
At the Opus Alive, we use the most compelling attributes of live arts to create inspiration for young people and their audiences. We do it by focusing on 3 core educative principals. They are:
The Atmosphere of Environment
A positive, nurturing environment certainly includes the aesthetic surroundings, but also refers to the strong sense of community we believe is necessary for young artists to grow.
The Discipline of Habit
Blending both knowledge and action perfectly, experience in the arts prepares students for success in life. We encourage and cultivate the habitual behaviours of confidence and leadership.
The presentation of LIVING IDEAS
We believe arts education should be presented in such a way that it causes students to engage with the world and people around them.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.