Toronto Music Alliance offers a comprehensive Classical/Opera program. A compliment to singing/songwriting, the Classical program focuses on more traditional music, but also geatures contemporary stage-music still being composed today). In addition, we have a comprehensive RCM examination and post-secondary preparatory program. Taught by faculty currently singing with the Canadian Opera Company, our Classical/Opera Program will bring out the best in traditional concert vocal performance with modern sensibilities and passion for both the art as well as teaching.

From Faculty Member Ryan Harper

As a teacher of vocal technique and artistry I know the importance of organized and dedicated study. However, I feel that, in order to evolve into a great singer, I need to instill a natural curiosity in my students; to know about humanity past and present. Vocal lessons are more than studying language and tirelessly repeating scales. Each individual has an optimal way to learn - a style all their own. I believe that everyone has a voice that lies hidden from them that they have the right to share with themselves and with others.

A Little About Opera

The original “Broadway Show”, opera may not seem to thrive as it once did. However, this genre is still very much alive. There are new operas being written for the world’s major opera houses every season representing such literary masterworks as Moby Dick and 1984.

Opera (which is Italian for "a work") is an amalgamation of symphonic music, drama, vocalism, set design, make-up, and dance. Before the advent of film there was no other art form that so holistically combined all artistic elements. It is a way to live and breathe history, style, manners, customs, and social norms of the past. Out of Opera evolved Operetta, Vaudeville, and even Musical Theatre

Opera was born in Florence, Italy at the very end of the 16th Century. It has experienced many format and style transitions over the passed 400+ years: the introduction of large choruses; overtures; technological advancement (such as contemporary set designs, special effects or machinery); stories of deities being replaced by stories of regular people, stylized gestures evolving into realistic character representation, and transitions from small ensembles to massive orchestras. But it always remained an art form of the people. It would have been as hard in the 18th century to imagine someone not knowing Don Giovanni as someone today not knowing the music of Les Miserables or Phantom of the Opera



Our Opera Teacher

Ryan Harper

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Holidays at ToMA

Toronto Music Alliance is closed for the Holiday Season, with our online lessons resuming on Monday, January 4th.

ToMA Children's Choir Starting September 12!

Our ToMA Online Choir - for children ages 6-12 - is gearing up to start rehearsing on Saturday, September 12. The cost for the choir is $270 per term, with two terms during the school year. Rehearsals run from 10-11 Saturday mornings, and rehearse via Google Meet. Feel free to contact us for the link to our rehearsal room, and join in the musical fun! You can join us starting anytime, even partway through the season (we will made adjustments to the fee for later starts).

To see just a small sample of what they do, click Read More to see one of the videos from our Summer Virtual Choir program.