Youth Opera Council - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Youth Opera Council


The Youth Opera Council is a program for high school students who are passionate about opera and want to learn more about the inner-workings of a professional opera company.   Council members experience unique learning and leadership opportunities working closely with Lyric Opera staff to develop programs that are of interest to members and plan events to share their love of opera with their peers.  Meetings take place Wednesday evenings, twice monthly, at Lyric Opera of Chicago.  



YOC Opportunities

- Gain an inside look at a professional opera company from Lyric staff, artists, and volunteers.

- Attend rehearsals, performances, and special events.  

- Create unique ways to share your passion for opera with your peers.

- Provide insight and feedback about your experience at Lyric Opera.  

Membership Requirements  

- Must have a demonstrated interest in opera and the performing arts.  

- Must be a high school student (grades 9 - 12).  

- Attend meetings twice a month at Lyric Opera of Chicago (limited funding is available to assist with travel costs).

- Members are expected to make attendance at meetings and events from September to May a priority.


 Applications for the 2014/15 Youth Opera Council are now closed.


Lyric Opera gratefully recognizes and deeply appreciates the generosity of the following Youth Opera Council supporters:

Terry J. Medhurst and Penelope and Robert Steiner





The Youth Opera Council hosts an annual event for high school students from throughout the Chicago area. For the 2014/15 season students enjoyed an evening with friends at a performance of Don Giovanni.

Interested in joining the fun? Check back in the Winter of 2015 for the next A Night at the Opera: The Passenger on Saturday, February 28th





 The Youth Opera Council is generously sponsored by Terry J. Medhurst and Penelope and Robert Steiner.




Millennium Park 9/6

Lyric’s Youth Opera Council invites you to an afternoon of fun and games prior to Lyric Opera’s annual Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert! Pack a picnic and enjoy games with other high school students from the Chicagoland area on the Great Lawn at Millennium Park!

Following the festivities, Lyric Opera of Chicago will present its annual free concert featuring highlights from the upcoming season, performed by Lyric Opera Artists, Orchestra, and Chorus!

Stars of Lyric Opera at MillenniumPark
Jay Pritzker Pavillion

Saturday, September 6, 2014
4:30pm  Games on the Great Lawn (see map for location)
6:45pm  Pre-Performance concert by members of the U.S. Air Force Band of  Mid-America
7:30pm  Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park


The concert is free and open to the public.


Youth Opera Council is supported by Terry J. Medhurst and Penelope and Robert Steiner.