Lyric's commitment to IDEA values

Lyric Opera of Chicago has established four core areas that represent and describe our work in IDEA. These core areas or pillars are: Leadership, Artistic, Culture, and Communication & Engagement.

As you visit the statement below that outlines Lyric Opera of Chicago's commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access, we will also continue to provide updates on recent actions that reflect our work.

The purpose of this quarterly summary is to show progress and change, over time, in our commitment to IDEA. Updates will be published in the month following the most recently completed quarter.


Lyric conducted Implicit Bias training with Dr. Bryant T. Marks from the National Training Institute on Race & Equity for 100% of the Administrative Staff. Parallel training was also made available to all of Lyric’s union groups.

Robert Goodwin joined the Lyric staff as Vice President for Lyric Unlimited, the company’s learning and community engagement wing.

Ursulla McWhorter joined the Lyric staff as its first-ever Vice President/ People and Culture.

Diverse hires from January — the end of the third quarter are at 67%. Ericka Carmona-Vega, Lyric’s Talent Acquisition Consultant, continues to expand recruiting practices for open positions.

On the artistic side, in Lyric’s 2021/22 season, all of our conductors, apart from our music director, are female, BIPOC, or both.

A new front of house orientation program for staff was implemented at the start of the 2021/22 season in September, with a focus on the Patron experience, welcoming guests into an inclusive environment.

The company created a new program, The New Employee Experience Onboarding Program, to onboard all new staff members in a welcoming and inclusive environment. The program also provides guidelines for hiring managers to unify the experience for new hires, across each department.

Lyric Unlimited’s ongoing partnership with the Chicago Urban League began its fourth year with the beginning of the 2021/22 Empower Youth! program designed for high school aged students to offer artistic explorations and creation of an original performance-based work.

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