Chapter Community - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Chapter Community

The Lyric Opera Chapter Community

In a Lyric Opera Chapter, opera lovers of all ages get together to enjoy lectures, musical performances, special events, volunteer opportunities, and each other's company. Each Chapter is chartered with the dual purpose of raising money to enhance educational and community-engagement programs and generating support for Lyric Opera of Chicago. Chapter members enjoy certain exclusive benefits, including the opportunity to be an Operathon volunteer, the chance to be a sales volunteer at OperaShop, the Chapter member price for all Community Chapter programs, and much more!

Dues of $25 are payable annually to the community-based Chapter of your choice, where members attend programs and events throughout the season with varying registration fees.


Joining is Easy!

Lyric Opera Chapter membership is available to all annual contributors of $75 and above. Dues are paid annually to the Chapter(s) of your choice.

If you have questions about how to join a Chapter, please call (312) 827-5673.

Pay your dues online by clicking here and following the on-screen steps.

View the 14 Chapters

Exclusive Benefits

There are perks designed just for members of Lyric's Chapters, over and above the benefits already received as a donor. In addition to the community experience, chapter members enjoy exclusive benefits such as:

  • Connection to a vast network of local opera lovers - bring home the passion!
  • Opportunity to volunteer at Operathon, Lyric's radio marathon, and mingle with the on-air stars
  • Chapter member price for all Community Chapter programs
  • Plus all benefits of being a National Member of Lyric Opera of Chicago

Call the Lyric Opera Chapter Office at 312-827-5673 for more information.

Operathon is conducted by the Lyric Opera Chapters with all proceeds supporting Lyric Opera of Chicago's education and community-engagement programs for children, adults, and seniors. Chapter members have the opportunity to volunteer to work on Operathon day in a variety of to donors by being on the "front line" in the phone room, tabulating the sales and contributions, networking with fellow volunteers, welcoming fellow chapter members and orienting them to their assigned duties. Chapter member involvement is essential to Lyric's success.

Stars from Lyric's productions are heard on-air, encouraging listeners to phone in their pledges of support. A stunning selection of Lyric Opera merchandise and autographed items are offered via the Operathon catalog. A selection of exclusive merchandise and season posters are available in our online gift store, OperaShop.

For more information, contact the OperaShop hotline at 312-827-5658.


Chapter Program Events

Chapter members are welcome to attend all Chapter events at the member price!

Winnetka Chapter:  
Thursday, June 4 at 11AM 
Indian Hill Club
One Indian Hill Road, Winnetka, IL
Luncheon and Program "Two Basses and a Tenor: Jeffrey Horvath, Timothy Filliman and Edward Zelnis"
For reservation send a check for $60, made out to Winnetka Chapter LOC and names of anyone you wish to sit with, mail to Mrs. Renate Norum, 310 Versailles Drive, Northbrook IL 60062. Payment in advance is required.  

Lake Geneva Chapter:  
Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4PM
The Abbey Resort, Porto Room
269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana, WI  53123
Annual Social Gathering “New Beginnings”- Instrumental Presentations
M: $50 G: $50 

Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 4PM  
Lake Geneva Country Club
W3398 South Lake Shore Drive, Lake Geneva, WI, 53147
Performance “Magical Memories”
Celeste Rue, Musical Director, Pianist  
M: $80 G: $100  

Wilmette Chapter:  
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Monastero's Ristorante
3935 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL
Dinner followed by opera competition's semi-finalists.
Fee: $50 for reservations, call Kooki Finkelman, (847) 347-4383

Spring Champagne Luncheon  
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Skokie Country Club
500 Washington Ave., Glencoe, IL
Program: The Life of Robert & Clara Schumann portrayed by
Peter & Kathleen van de Graaff
Gathering 11:00 AM; Program 11:15 followed by lunch.
Fee: $60 

Near North and Evanston Chapters:  
Sunday, May 3 rd , 2015 12:30PM
Michigan Room
University Club of Chicago
76 East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60603
Spectacular spring concert and lunch featuring stars from the Lyric Opera Chorus
Arrival: 12:30PM
Lunch: 1:00PM
Concert: 2:30PM
M: $65 G: $70,for reservations call Erica Erichat  (773) 525-2847
Reservations by April 27th  

Northfield, Northwest and Wilmette Chapters :  
Thursday, May 14
Skokie Country Club
500 Washington Ave, Glencoe, IL 60022
Spring luncheon along with the program of Peter and Kathleen Van De Graaff portraying Robert and Clara Schumann.
Cost: $60. 

Glencoe Chapter  
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2 pm
Shee Higland Musee
910 Bob-o-Link Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Spring tea
Musical program with Dr. Stephen Alltop - piano and Josefien Stoppelenkurg - soprano
Members and guests $ 20.00
Reservation - 1847 8350262 or 1847 8353101

Barrington Chapter
Sunday, May 17 th , 2015 at 1:00PM
Biltmore Country Club in Barrington
Musical Program by the St. Charles singers
M: $65 G: $7  





Evelyn Ricker

Louise Ryssman

Far West
Loretta Caputo

Flossmoor Area
Diane Moses

Maria Rigolin

Beatriz Iorgulescu

Hyde Park/Kenwood
Claude Weil

Lake Geneva
Patricia Wakenight

Near North
Mary Lunz Houston

Carole Luczak




Bonnie Zeitlin

Barbara Larsen

Betty Walsh

JoAn Barney