Programs, Classes & Private Lessons

Cowtown Opera Summer Academy

Now accepting applications for COSA 2019. 

CourseCRNDay                    DateTimeFee  
Cowtown Summer Opera Academy - Full Registration Thursday - SaturdayJuly 18 - 27, 20198 a.m. - 8 p.m.$950
Cowtown Summer Opera Academy - OutRider Program Thursday - SaturdayJuly 18 - 27, 20198 a.m. - 8 p.m.$200

 * COSA Application Fee - $ 40 non-refundable


Training Opera Singers for the Future

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 enrolled in, or finished their post-secondary education in vocal studies. A performance opportunity in the closing concert will be offered to every student.

The program includes:

  • Yoga & Breath Therapy for the Voice Private and Group Sessions

  • Individual Voice Lessons & Coachings

  • Private Aria Staging Sessions

  • Stagecraft & Improvisation Classes

  • Theatre Scene Study Coachings

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

  • Classes on Vocal Health, Career Development, Opera History and Aesthetics, IPA

  • Art Song Recital and 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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OutRidersIf you don't think you're quite ready to take the full COSA plunge, this is a great way to get your feet wet! The OutRider program is a wonderful opportunity for actors, dancers, choral singers, instrumentalists or anyone looking for a taste of an opera singer's world! OutRider's tuition includes participation in the following classes & seminars:

  • Yoga and Breath Therapy for the Voice (5)

  • Stagecraft & Improvisation Classes (5)

  • Your choice of 2 of the following seminars:

    • Vocal Health

    • Marketing for Singers

    • Audition Prep

    • Opera History and Aesthetics

    • The Wilson Method for Voice: Singing with ease, Power & Support

Please note that OutRiders are not required to audition for COSA, however they must still submit a completed application form  (including all fields that apply) by Friday, June 21, 2019. 

MasterclassesCOSA is proud to present the opportunity for the Calgary community to observe and learn from our excellent Faculty Members at our 2019 Masterclasses. All classes are open to voice students, teachers and the general public who are interested in catching a glimpse into the world of classical singing. We remind all guests that the focus of these sessions is furthering the vocal educational journey of our COSA participants and proper masterclass etiquette must be adhered to. We welcome guests to enjoy the teachings of our internationally recognized instructors for $10 per session, with all proceeds funding scholarships for future COSA students.2019 Faculty


Application Information

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)

Completed application and application fee must be received by Friday, March 8, 2019


There is no audition process for OutRiders.

Completed application and tuition must be received by Friday, June 21, 2019

Audition in person on March 16 & 17, 2019 at MRU or send an electronic video submission of your audition as an email attachment or YouTube link to . Deadline for electronic submissions is Friday, March 8, 2019.

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 Monday April 1, 2019.

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 participate in all aspects of the course. We cannot accept applications from persons with scheduled conflicts during the outlined dates. Minimum age for applicants is 16+.



Call 403.440.6821 or download and return the 2019 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 Friday, April 12, 2019.


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