Opera Residencies for Schools pair classroom teachers with professional Lyric teaching artists to enrich students’ learning through opera. Programs are available for grades 1-12 and each of our three unique programs are tailored to customized learning objectives and goals identified by teachers.
Residency applications are now closed for the 2021/22 school year.
Elementary Opera Residency (grades 1-5)
The Elementary Opera Residency empowers students in grades 1-5 to create and perform an original opera that integrates learning content objectives with arts learning in music, theater, and movement.
Teachers and Lyric teaching artists work collaboratively to develop a custom residency plan that addresses desired learning outcomes while students engage in creative storytelling through the art of opera.
Teachers determine a session schedule that coordinates with the established class meeting schedule and the program can be implemented any time during the school year.
2021|22 Elementary Opera Residency
Opera Discovery Project (grades 6-12)
Opera Discovery Project (formerly Explore Opera) engages students in grades 6-12 in an in-depth study of opera through activities that integrate language arts, music, drama, and performance skills. Students gain a rich understanding of a selected work, its history and context, and important themes.
Working in collaboration with the classroom teacher, a Lyric Teaching Artist guides students through a creative process to reinterpret select operatic scenes with their own words and music.
The program includes a field trip to the Lyric Opera House to attend a final dress rehearsal. Teachers determine a session schedule that coordinates with the established class meeting schedule.
2021|22 Opera Discovery Project
High School Choir Residency (grades 9-12)
The High School Choir Residency supports vocal instruction in high school (grades 9-12) choir programs by providing regular, year-round assistance from a Lyric professional teaching artist. Teaching artists work collaboratively with choir teachers to deliver student instruction and foster student artistic growth. The program features three integrated components:
Regular, ongoing music learning support in the choral classroom.
An embedded Opera Discovery Project unit of study including a field trip to the Lyric Opera House for a final dress rehearsal.
Special guest artists in-school visits.
2021|22 High School Choir Residency
Opera Residencies for Schools are supported by
Major Lyric Unlimited support provided by the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances Fund.
Lyric Unlimited - Learning & Creative Engagement Sponsors
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