Valley Opera Summer Intensive (VOSI)

July 31 – August 21, 2022

Let us play a role in your success

Opera Kelowna proudly launches our revised summer intensive program VOSI. This three week program, geared for post-secondary students, offers singers and pianists the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s most renowned opera artists. VOSI will offer rigorous practical instruction including; vocal technique, diction, ensemble work, movement & body awareness, choreography, and acting. Located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of BC’s interior, participants will receive multiple private lessons and coachings as well as class instruction in diction, acting, and ensemble work with professional artists who continue to work in the opera sector. Participants will also receive sessions in grant writing, marketing, brand awareness in addition to multiple performing opportunities and public masterclasses.


Applications are now closed for VOSI

This program is supported by a BC Arts Council Professional Training Grant

What makes us unique

VOSI will integrate with Opera Kelowna’s fully professional main stage production of Berlioz’ Béatrice et Bénédict. Participants will have the opportunity to cover or role study main stage roles and receive mentoring from the professional cast and director. As covers, participants will receive rigorous role preparation and participate in a public sing through of the full opera with piano. VOSI is proud to offer an exceptional Canadian faculty, including the only Canadian program to feature Carol Isaac from The Metropolitan Opera.

VOSI Director
Rosemary Thomson Conductor & Coach

Rosemary is passionate about opera as a collaborative art form where the layers of text, music, voice, instruments, and drama offer infinite possibilities for musical storytelling. Rosemary spent four seasons as Assistant Conductor to Richard Bradshaw at the Canadian Opera Company and also trained in opera at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has been on the faculty of the Opera Nuova training program for fifteen seasons and guest conducted for Opera Garden in Scotland, Calgary Opera, Highlands Opera, UBC Opera, and most recently for Tapestry Opera in Toronto where she was nominated for a Dora award as Music Director for the world premiere of Shanawdithit.  She makes her Vancouver Opera Debut in April 2022.  Rosemary is also in her fifteenth season as Music Director of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. She has received the Kelowna Honour in the Arts civic award and was recently recognised with the provincial Community Spirit award from the BC Achievement Foundation.


Additional Faculty to be announced in 2022.

VOSI Coach & Diction Classes
Movement and Choreography
Valerie Easton

Valerie Easton is a well known director/choreographer and performer who has worked across the country. She is celebrating her 10 th year as Artistic Director of Royal City Musical Theatre, and in 2017, she was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame for her lifelong contribution to the Arts in BC. Selected credits for RCMT: Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Will Rogers Follies, Anything Goes, Annie, Oklahoma. Selected credits for the Arts Club Theatre: Mamma Mia, Bittergirl, A Christmas Story, Billie Elliot, West Side Story, Les Miserable, Red Rock Diner, and 15 others. Valerie has directed and choreographed for Bard on the Beach, Studio 58, Theatre Under The Stars, Gateway Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Applause, and many other companies across the country. She is a multiple Ovation/Jessie nominee and winner, and is considered one of Canada’s premiere director/choreographers. Valerie moved to Kelowna mid-pandemic in 2020, and is very pleased to be working with the Opera Kelowna Society.

Alexander & Body Mapping Instructor
Michèle Wheatley-Brown

As a licensed Body Mapping Educator, Michèle Wheatley-Brown has discovered a way to move with more expression and ease. Playing and teaching is a real joy and she can hear and feel that connection between motion and emotion of music—in both her students and herself.

Michèle believes it is so important to teach movement based on sound biomechanical principles. Playing-related pain and injury is an epidemic among musicians. It is time to address this in our pedagogy by teaching movement based on the body’s anatomical design. Michèle is delighted to bring her experience and knowledge to musicians in Western Canada.

Michèle is an active teacher, adjudicator, and examiner with the Royal Conservatory of Music and Music Achievement Program in Canada and the United States. She performs both as a solo and collaborative pianist with a wide variety of instrumentalists, vocalists, and choirs.

As founding Artistic Director for a highly successful classical concert series, Michèle has a passion for making music a vital part of community life.

You can learn more about Michèle here.


All applicants must submit an application form through the Opera Kelowna website or Yaptracker and upload their headshot, CV and required recordings:

2-3 contrasting arias
At least 1 must be video
All recorded within last year

3 videos (one 5-minute solo excerpt, 2 arias with singer)

Audition by video/audio submission


All applications and auditions will be online for the 2022 season. The deadline to submit all materials is January 15, 2022. Opera Kelowna abides by all PHO guidelines.  This means that all successful applicants will be required to show proof of vaccination upon acceptance offer.  Please direct any questions or concerns to Devon at [email protected].

Thank you to our generous sponsors.

Opera Kelowna is a non-profit society made possible by these generous sponsors. Please view our support page if you would like to learn more about how you can help support the Arts in our community.