High School Choir Residency

Student Backstage Tour

Grade Levels: 9-12
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 collaborative program is designed to support and enrich the music learning objectives of high school choir teachers by providing regular, year-round assistance from a Lyric professional teaching artist in the classroom. At the core of this program is Lyric's commitment to supporting music teachers in schools and furthering their goals, in alignment with the CPS Arts Education Plan. The program comprises three integrated components:
-Regular, ongoing music learning support in the choral classroom 
-An embedded Explore Opera unit of study for Rigoletto, Orphée et Eurydice, Turandot, or Faust
-Special guest artists in-school visits

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

Photos: Kyle Flubacker

Major support provided by the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances FundOpera Residencies for Schools are supported by the Polk Bros. Foundation, the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, the Robert and Isabelle Bass Foundation, Inc., an Anonymous Donor, and BNY Mellon.

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

Interested schools must apply through the school’s choir teacher.
-Applicants must have the school principal’s approval before submitting an application.

-Applications will be available later this spring.
-Late May – Applicant interviews and site visits begin
-Early June – Schools notified of status

Lyric understands that sometimes the priorities, schedule, or personnel of a school can change over the summer. Thus, some schools may be placed on a “wait list” in case a selected school can no longer participate in the program. These schools will be contacted in early September should a vacancy become available.

Applicants need the following information to complete the online application:
-School, teacher, and arts liaison (CPS only) contact information
-Principal’s contact information and consent to apply
-Choir class schedule information (number of choir classes, schedule, approximate number of students in each class)
-Number of choir concerts presented each year
-A brief description of the goals for the choral program, and/or each individual choir class
-A brief description of how a Lyric teaching artist would enhance the choral program
-A list of any community arts partnerships planned for the upcoming year