About the Seniors' Association

The Seniors' Association is an independent, not-for-profit organization affiliated with George Brown College.

The Association has its own Constitution and By-laws and elects a Board of Directors composed of volunteer officers, committee chairs and members-at-large.

The Association offers seniors innovative programs of a cultural, educational, and recreational nature that serve lifelong learning needs and interests. Each winter and fall – a variety of lecture courses are offered and also each spring and fall we have a series called Great Treasures. Courses are usually 10 weeks long

We provide opportunities for voluntary participation in the activities within the Association and for collaboration with community programs.

Each year several scholarships are awarded to students entering second year Gerontology studies and the Nursing Program. We also provide a bursary to mature students in the George Brown Theatre School and the Financial Services School. The recipients are selected by the Faculty. These scholarships and awards are supported by our membership on a continuing basis and are administered by the George Brown Foundation.

Please Note: Cancellation for any course must be received no later than 10 business days prior to the beginning of the course in order to receive a refund. A $10 administrative fee will be charged for each course cancelled.


Registration opens on Monday, March 5th at 11:00 AM


Great Treasures- Operatic Timeouts $55.00
With Iain Scott

Wednesdays: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm April 4th - June 6th
Room 128 – St. James Campus

Opera began as a "sung play", but after 100 years a new ingredient emerged - the solo ARIA

This became the core of the art of operatic composition until it disappeared in the 20th century.

In a parallel development, the dramatic interactions between characters created the need for the ENSEMBLE - at first two, then three, four, five, and six or more singers -up to 14!.

In this 10 week course, Iain will trace the evolution of the aria and then explore the variety of combinations created by the flowering of operatic ensembles


A Brief Biography-Iain Scott

Iain Scott returns for his sixth course on opera appreciation for the George Brown College Seniors' Association.

He has introduced almost 100 rare operas for Toronto's "Opera in Concert". He was a panellist on the Texaco Opera Quiz from the Metropolitan Opera for eight seasons and was a guest panallest and commentator on the CBC's "Saturday Afternoon at the Opera" for 25 seasons.

He now teaches opera courses - and organizes opera tours - through his website Opera is


April 4th Variations on a theme - The Aria Changes

April 11th Deepening Psychology - Mozart's Innovations

April 18th The "Scena" - The Foundation of the Stone of Italian Opera

April 25th Thrills and Spills - The 19th Century Verisano Arias

May 2nd The Manners of the Love Duet

May 9th Clashes and Collisions in Conflicts Duets

May 16th Trios - When Three is a Crowd

May 23rd Four Aces - The Quartet

May 30th 5,6,7,8... Who do we Appreciate

June 6th Finale Ultimo - The Art of the Choral Ensemble


George Brown College Seniors' Association
St. James Campus Room -106
Tel: 416-415-5000 Ext. 2418
P.O. Box 1015 Stn. B Toronto, ON M5T 2T9
senex@georgebrown.ca