Programs for Students and Teachers

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Lyric Unlimited serves elementary through high school students and teachers through school residency programs, teacher workshops, backstage tours, and special performances. Learn more about these opportunities below.

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
  • $7 per person
  • Bus scholarships available to qualifying CPS schools


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Performances for Students

Performances for Students See world-class performances with your students at the Lyric Opera House.
  • For grades 6-12
  • $10-20 tickets
  • Bring a professional Lyric teaching artist to your school 
  • Free online classroom resources
  • Bus scholarships available to qualifying CPS schools

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The Message in the Music

The Message in the Music A live performance showcasing jazz, blues, gospel, hip-hop, and classical vocal music and how artists use their voices to convey stories and emotion.
  • For grades 3-6
  • February 22 & 23; performances at 10am and 12pm
  • 45 minutes long, plus Q&A with the cast afterwards
  • Accompanying classroom resources
  • Free for CPS schools
  • Limited bus scholarships available for qualifying schools
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Elementary Opera Residencies

Elementary Opera Residencies This multi-disciplinary programs empowers students to create and perform and original opera by integrating curricular content with arts learning in music, drama, and movement.
  • For grades 1-5
  • 12 or 18 week programs
  • $2,000 or $3,000 per class (free for qualifying Chicago public schools)
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Explore Opera

Explore Opera Explore Opera engages students in an in-depth study of a selected opera through activities that integrate reading comprehension and artistic expression.
  • For grades 6-12
  • Available for classes wishing to attend Rigoletto, Orphée et Eurydice, Turandot, or Faust.
  • 4-6 week program
  • $750 per classroom (free for qualifying Chicago Public Schools)
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High School Choir Residency

High School Choir Residency This collaborative program is designed to support and enrich the music learning objective of high school choir teachers by providing regular, year-round assistance from a Lyric professional teaching artist in the choral classroom.
  • For grades 9-12 (choral classrooms only)
  • 30 week program
  • $13,225 per school (free for qualifying Chicago public schools)
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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 Lyric 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
Photos: Robert Kusel, Kyle Flubacker, Jaclyn Simpson 
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