Programs for Students and Teachers

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Lyric Unlimited serves elementary through high school students and teachers in a variety of ways, including school residency programs, teacher workshops, backstage tours, and special performances. School-based programming sparks student's intellectual curiosity and creativity, encouraging higher levels of learning, teamwork, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and social growth.

Opera in the Neighborhoods

Opera in the Neighborhoods Live performances of youth-focused operas in neighborhood venues throughout the Chicago area.
  • For grades 3-6
  • 45 minutes long, plus Q&A with the cast afterwards
  • No admission charge; suggested donation $65 per classroom
  • October 17 – November 18; performances at 10am and 12pm
  • Bus scholarships available to qualifying CPS schools
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Student Backstage Tours

Student Backstage Tours
As an introduction to the art form, nothing captures the imagination more than a tour of a working opera house.
  • For grades 3-12
  • $6 per person
  • Bus scholarships available to qualifying CPS schools


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Performances for Students

Performances for Students Lyric Opera offers world-class arts experiences for you and your students at the Civic Opera House.
  • For grades 6-12
  • $10 to $20 tickets
  • Explore Opera! brings a professional Lyric teaching artist to your school to prepare students for the performance
  • Free online student and teacher materials
  • Bus scholarships available to qualifying CPS schools



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Elementary Opera Residencies

Elementary Opera Residencies Lyric teaching artists partner with classroom teachers to create customized, multi-disciplinary, cross-curricular learning experiences as students work together to create and perform their own original opera.
  • For grades 1-6
  • 12 or 18 week programs
  • Free for Chicago Public Schools (limited availability)
  • Cost per classroom: $2,000 (12-week) or $2,875 (18-week)
Applications are no longer being accepted at this time
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Youth Opera Council

Youth Opera Council Chicagoland high school students with a passion for opera and the performing arts meet regularly at the Civic Opera House to deepen their knowledge of opera.
  • For grades 9-12
  • Free

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Vocal Partnership Program

Vocal Partnership Program
The Vocal Partnership Program serves five music schools, augmenting and expanding their vocal programs and creating opportunities for exceptional young people to develop their talent through access to artistry and expertise from Lyric.
  • For grades 9-12
  • Free
Partner schools include:
  • Chicago Academy for the Arts
  • Chicago High School for the Arts
  • CPS Advanced Arts Program at Gallery 37
  • Merit School of Music
  • Music Institute of Chicago
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