2019/20 Opera Residencies for Schools

Lyric Unlimited’s Opera Residencies for Schools pair classroom teachers with professional Lyric teaching artists to enrich students’ learning through the power of opera. Programs are available for grades 1-12 and each program is tailored to teacher-identified learning objectives and goals.

Lyric Unlimited offers three unique in-school residency programs:  

Elementary Opera Residency (Grades 1-5)
Explore Opera Residency (Grades 6-12)
High School Choir Residency (Grades 9-12)

Applications for the 2019/20 season are now closed. 

 

Elementary Opera Residency

Grades (1-5)

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 on August 21, 2019.

*Teachers may 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. Please read this document carefully before submitting your application.

Explore Opera

Grades (6-12)

Program Duration: 4 sessions (typically once a week) plus 1 performance field trip
Session Length: One full class period (45-60 minutes) for each participating class
Cost: $750 per classroom (free for qualifying Chicago Public Schools)

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 Opera Teaching Artist guides students through a creative process to reinterpret select operatic scenes with their own words and music. Teachers determine a session schedule that coordinates with the established class meeting schedule.

The program includes a field trip to the Lyric Opera House to attend one of the following final dress rehearsals:

  • The Barber of Seville (Sept. 25 at 1:00 p.m.)
  • Luisa Miller (Oct. 8 at 12:00 p.m.)
  • Madama Butterfly (Feb. 3 at 1:00 p.m.)
  • The Queen of Spades (Feb. 12 at 1:00 p.m.)

*Teachers may elect to enhance the experience by scheduling an optional backstage tour of the Lyric Opera House.

The Explore Opera Residency program downloadable PDF contains helpful information regarding the goals, structure, and application process. Please read this document carefully before submitting your application.

High School Choir Residency

Grades (9-12)

Program Duration: 30 sessions (typically once a week) plus 1 performance field trip
Session Length: One full class period (45-60 minutes) for each participating class
Cost: $13,225 per school (free for qualifying Chicago Public Schools)

This program supports vocal instruction in high school 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 growth. At the core of this program is Lyric's commitment to supporting music teachers’ efforts and bolstering student success in the arts, in alignment with the CPS Arts Education Plan. The program features three integrated components:

  • Regular, ongoing music learning support in the choral classroom.
  • Special guest artists in-school visits.
  • An embedded Explore Opera unit of study including a field trip to the Lyric Opera House to attend one of the following final dress rehearsals:
    • The Barber of Seville (Sept. 25 at 1:00 p.m.)
    • Luisa Miller (Oct. 8 at 12:00 p.m.)
    • Madama Butterfly (Feb. 3 at 1:00 p.m.)
    • The Queen of Spades (Feb. 12 at 1:00 p.m.)

*This program requires participating teachers to attend a Professional Development Workshop at Lyric on the afternoon of August 20, 2019.

*Teachers may elect to enhance the experience by scheduling an optional backstage tour of the Lyric Opera House.

The High School Choir Residency program downloadable PDF contains helpful information regarding the goals, structure, and application process. Please read this document carefully before submitting your application.