Chapter Community

About the Lyric Chapters

In a Lyric Chapter, opera lovers of all ages get together to enjoy lectures, musical performances, events, volunteer opportunities, and each other's company. Each Chapter is chartered with the dual purpose of providing educational programs in their communities and raising money to support community engagement and educational programs at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Your annual Chapter membership commitment includes $25 dues and a minimum contribution of $75. 

Your spouse or partner is welcomed to join with an additional dues payment of $25.

You are welcome to join additional Chapters with an additional dues payment of $25 per Chapter.

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Chapter Community

  • Barrington & NW Suburban
  • Evanston
  • Glencoe-Wilmette
  • Hinsdale
  • Lake Geneva
  • Near North
  • Northfield 
  • Riverside
  • Winnetka

Chapter member engagement opportunities

  • Educational and volunteer opportunities in your community
  • Social gatherings with other opera lovers in your community
  • Lectures, musical performances, and events
  • Access to programs at all 9 Lyric Community Chapters
  • Connection with a vast network of Chicagoland opera lovers
  • Member pricing for any community chapter program, including those offered by other chapters

Upcoming Chapter events

January 24, 2020, 2:00 PM via Zoom
Near North Chapter

Next season, the Lyric will introduce three new operas to Chicago audiences. Like most major American opera companies, Lyric sees opera as a living art form with a continuing tradition; yet some operagoers face new work with trepidation. This lecture will offer a primer on musical styles and narrative techniques in contemporary American opera from John Adams and Philip Glass to the present.

About the lecturer
Dr. John M. Clum, is professor Emeritus of Theater Studies and English, Duke University. He received his doctorate in English from Princeton University. During his 42 years on the faculty of Duke University he published 10 books and 80 essays on modern and contemporary drama, film, television, musical theatre and opera. He has directed scores of professional and university theatrical and operatic productions. Recently, he was the librettist for two operas that have had New York premieres. Dr. Clum lives in Chicago where he is Board President of the Raven Theatre.

Price: $20 - When your check is received the link to the program will be emailed to you.

Reservations due by January 17, 2021. Mail check, payable to Lyric Opera of Chicago Near North Chapter, and include your Name, Phone #, and email address to: Erika Erich, 2650 N. Lakeview Apt 3502, Chicago, IL. 60614.

Questions to Erika Erich at

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