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 15 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.


Lyric Opera Annual Meeting               Monday, June 30, 2014

Chapter Program Events

April 1, 2014 –July 31, 2014.

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

April 1, Tuesday. Hyde Park/Kenwood Chapter. 6:30 P.M. Lecture by Henry Fogel, Dean at Chicago College of the Performing Arts. The Logan Center for Performing Arts, Chicago. Fee M $15 G $20. 


April 5, Saturday. Barrington Chapter. 11:55 A.M. La Boheme performance by Metropolitan Opera Simulcast. South Barrington AMC 30, Barrington. Fee M $20 


April 27, Sunday. Evanston Chapter. 3:00 P.M. Spring Performance by Irish Soprano, Marie O’Brien, accompanied by Mark Riggleman. Michigan Shores Club, Wilmette. Fee TBA


May 3, Saturday. Near North Chapter. 12:00 P.M. Performance by Lyric Opera Orchestra members Frank Babitt and Bill Billingham, accompanied by John MacFarlaine. Petterino’s Restaurant, 150 N. Dearborn, Chicago. Fee M $65 G $70.


May 4, Sunday. Barrington Chapter. 1:00 P.M. Performance by the Northwestern Music Students. Biltmore Country Club, Barrington. Fee M $60 G $65. 


May 4, Sunday. Lake Geneva Chapter. 4:00 P.M. Instrumental Performance. The Abby Resort, Fontana, WI. Fee M $50 G $50. 


May 4, Sunday. Flossmoor Chapter. 2:00 P.M. Performance by Flutist, Michelle McGovern and Guitarist Jack Cimo. Every Estate, Olympia Fields. Reservations are Essential. Fee TBA


May 17, Saturday. Wilmette Chapter. 12:30 P.M. Luncheon and performance by Marie O’Brien, accompanied by Mark Riggleman. North Shore County Club, Glenview. Fee TBA


May 18, Sunday. Highland Park/Deerfield and Northfield Chapters. 2:00 P.M. Lecture and performance by Les Mitnick. Private Residence, Mettawa, IL. Fee $25.


May 18, Sunday. Glencoe Chapter. 2:00 P.M. Spring Tea and performance by pianist, Kimberly Han. Via at The Glen, Glenview.  Fee M $20 G $25.


May 29, Thursday. Winnetka Chapter. 11:00 A.M. Annual Meeting, Spring Luncheon, and Musical Performance by Stephen Alltop and Josefien Stoppelenburg. Indian Hill Club, Indian Hill Road, Winnetka. Fee M $60.


June 8, Sunday. Lake Geneva Chapter. 4:00 P.M. Performance. Lake Geneva Country Club, Lake Geneva, WI. Fee M $80 G $100. 


June 18, Wednesday. Northfield Chapter. 11:30 A.M. Annual Members Meeting and Luncheon. Sunset Ridge C.C, Northfield. Fee $65. 


July 19, Saturday. Flossmoor Area Chapter. 6:00 p.m. Dinner and performance by Irish Soprano, Marie O'Brien accompanied by Mark Riggleman. Olympia Fields Country Club. Olympia Fields. Fee $80.  


Evelyn Ricker

Louise Ryssman

Far West
Loretta Caputo

Flossmoor Area
Diane Moses

Maria Rigolin

Highland Park/Deerfield
Loretta Lucia

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