Opera Residencies

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 program is tailored to customized learning objectives and goals identified by teachers.

Interest forms for 2021|22 Opera Residencies are now open!  For details on each our opera residency programs, and how to indicate your interest in participating in the 2021|22 school year, follow the links below.

Elementary Opera Residency (Grades 1-5)

Opera Discovery Project (Grades 6-12)

High School Choir Residency (Grades 9-12)

2021/22 Opera Residencies Interest Form

Program Duration: 12 or 18 sessions (typically once a week)
Session Length: One full class period (50-60 minutes) for each participating class
Cost: $2,000 or $3,000 per class (free for qualifying Chicago Public Schools)

This multi-disciplinary program 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.

This program requires participating classroom teachers to attend a Professional Development Workshop at Lyric before the start of the residency. Teachers may also elect to enhance the experience by scheduling an optional backstage tour of the Lyric Opera House, and attend a performance of Lyric's Opera in the Neighborhoods.

The Elementary Opera Residency program downloadable PDF contains helpful information regarding the goals, structure, and application process.

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.

Download Elementary Opera Residency program information

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.

Download Opera Discovery Project program information

2021|22 Opera Discovery Project

Explore Opera

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.

Download High School Choir Residency program information

2021|22 High School Choir Residency

2021|22 Opera Residencies Interest Form

Please complete the form below to indicate interest in the Opera Residencies programs for the 2021/22 school year.


School Information

Teacher Information

Are you the arts liaison for your school?*

Residency Information

Which residency program(s) are you interested in? (check all that apply)*

Opera Residencies for Schools are supported by

Polks Bros. Foundation

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

Major Lyric Unlimited support provided by the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances Fund.

Lyric Unlimited - Learning & Creative Engagement Sponsors

The Beaubien Family

The Grainger Foundation

Robert and Evelyn McCullen

Charles and M.R. Shapiro Foundation, Inc.

Rose L. Shure and Sidney N. Shure

Wintrust Community Banks

Anonymous Donor

Photos: Kyle Flubacker, Jaclyn Simpson