Programs, Classes & Private Lessons

Cowtown Opera Summer Academy

Please check back with us in early January 2018 to apply for COSA 2018.



Cowtown Summer Opera Academy

Full Registration


 Thurs.- Sat.

 July 19 - 28, 2018

 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

 $950 + $40 application fee*


Cowtown Summer Opera Academy

Audit Option 



Thurs. - Sat.


July 19 - 28, 2018


Times of seminars vary 



 * non-refundable



An international vision for aspiring singers

The Cowtown Opera Summer Academy offers intensive short-term studies for singers who wish to hone their skills in the areas of opera, art song, stagecraft and vocal health. Our inspirational faculty of professionals with international experience will assist you with all aspects of vocal and artistic development. It is geared towards singers who are entering into, currently working on, or finished their post-secondary education in vocal studies.

The program includes:

  • Yoga for the Voice & Breath and Body Work Private and Group Sessions

  • Individual Voice Lessons & Coachings

  • Private Aria Staging Sessions

  • Stagecraft Classes

  • Private monologue coachings

  • Masterclasses in French Melodie, German Lieder, Opera Arias and more

  • Classes on Vocal Health, Career Development, Opera History and Aesthetics, Poetry & Lyric Diction

  • Art Song Recital and Staged Opera Scene Showcase

By the end of the 10 days you will have increased confidence in your artistry and performance skills, as well as a better understanding of vocal health, stage presence, anatomy and pedagogy.

A performance opportunity in the closing concert will be offered to every student.

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COSA also offers a wonderful opportunity for auditors to participate. Ideal auditors are musicians, actors, young singers, or anyone just looking for a taste of a singer's world! Auditors tuition includes attendance at the following classes & seminars:

  • Yoga and Breath Therapy for the Voice (5)

  • Seminars on Vocal Health, Career Development (2), Opera History and Aesthetics, and The Wilson Method for Voice: Singing with Ease, Power & Support

Please note that auditors are not required to audition for COSA, however they must still submit a completed application form  (including all fields that apply) by TBD.


2017 Faculty (2018 Faculty to be announced in January 2018)



Application Information

Please check back in January 2018.

Please note: Your application to attend Cowtown Opera Summer Academy is not a registration or notice of acceptance — all applicants must audition prior to acceptance.



One aria selection;

One art song selection;

(any two languages must be represented)


There is no audition process for auditors.

Completed application must be received by TBD

Audition in person on TBD at MRU or send an electronic video submission of your audition as an e-mail attachment or YouTube link to . Deadline for electronic submissions is TBD.

You will not be able to register for the program until you have been notified of your acceptance. Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed by TBD.

Your application should include:

  • Application form completed in full;

  • Resumé listing musical education and achievements;

  • Completed Financial Aid form, if applicable;

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40, VISA or Mastercard only. Cheques may be mailed, or debit may be used in person.

Please note that the Cowtown Opera Summer Academy is an Intensive and students are expected to attend the entire length and all aspects of the course. We cannot accept applications from persons with scheduled conflicts during the outlined dates.



Call 403.440.6821 or download and return the 2017 COSA application form Upon confirmation of your acceptance to the program, you will be able to register online, by phone (403.440.6821) or in person. Full tuition payment must be received by TBD.

Financial assistance

Tuition bursaries may be available to students in financial need. Scholarship application form.

Residency option

Stay on campus for the week. Residence fees are very reasonable, and the facilities are a five minute walk from classes and performance halls. Contact Residence Services at 403.440.6275 for more information, or e-mail