Chicago Voices: Student Songwriting Workshop

Chicago Voices


Students chosen from across the city to record in a professional studio!


Lyric Unlimited’s groundbreaking Chicago Voices Community Created Performances program is in full swing for the summer, but that’s not the only exciting event they have in the works for the month of June!

Recently, the Chicago Voices team selected 12 talented high school students from across the city to participate in the Chicago Voices Student Songwriting Workshop. Candidates were asked to apply to the program with their original musical work in a variety of formats — from YouTube videos to SoundCloud files. The application encouraged students to submit all different genres and styles of music, and made clear that applicants did not need any past formal training to participate.

From June 26-30, the students will participate in a free, week-long intensive songwriting workshop at the Lyric Opera House where they will receive one-on-one instruction from composer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Przygoda and performer, composer, and vocal coach Megan Elk. By the end of the week, all participants will have written and recorded their own original song at Mix Kitchen studios, and will receive an electronic copy of their work, which will also be featured on the Chicago Voices website. Lyric is thrilled to continue nurturing the next generation of budding musicians.

Remember to stay in the loop with Chicago Voices by following @ChicagoVoices on Facebook and Instagram!



Mike Przygoda
Mike Przygoda

Megan Elk
Megan Elk


Spearheaded by world-renowned soprano and Lyric’s creative consultant Renée Fleming, Chicago Voices is a groundbreaking, multi-year initiative celebrating the city’s distinct music culture and exploring the diverse stories of Chicago communities.

Partners for Chicago Voices are Chicago Public Library, Chicago History Museum and Columbia College Chicago.

Chicago Voices is a project of Lyric Unlimited, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s department dedicated to education, community engagement, and new artistic initiatives.

Chicago Voices is made possible by major support from J. Thomas Hurvis and Parent Power Chicago, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. This project is partially supported by The Chicago Community Trust, an IncentOvate Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and the Eisen Family Foundation.

Lyric Unlimited was launched with major catalyst funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and receives major support from the Caerus Foundation, Inc.

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