Canadian Children’s Opera Company Announces New Executive Director

By David Salazar

The Canadian Children’s Opera Company has announced that Katherine Semcesen will be taking on the role of Executive Director with the company starting on Dec. 16, 2019.

“Katherine brings many years of management experience working in the arts and culture sector, most recently at @Canadian Opera,” the company’s official tweet of the announcement noted.

Semcesen was a board member for the Professional Arts Organizations Network for Education before becoming Associate Director for Education and Outreach with the Canadian Opera Company; she worked with the organization in this capacity for eight years.

The Canadian Children’s Opera Company has provided a permanent children’s chorus for the Canadian Opera Company since 1968 and was designed to offer younger people with top quality instruction in operatic and choral singing, as well as stagecraft and drama. Those involved also get the opportunity to participate in performance opportunities throughout the year.

The company has commissioned 15 productions throughout its existence including Menotti’s “Chip and his Dog” “Somers and Jones’ “A Midwinter Night’s Dream,” Greer and Taylor’s “The Snow Queen,” Burry’s “The Hobbit” and “A Dicks of a Christmas” by Gay and Albano, among others. It has also created six commercial recordings.