Opera Residencies for Schools

Opera Residency Program

2019/20 Opera Residencies for Schools



Lyric Unlimited’s Opera Residencies for Schools pairs 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 for elementary, middle, and high schools.



Elementary Opera Residency

Elementary Opera Residency

This multi-disciplinary program empowers students to create and perform an original opera by integrating curricular content with arts learning.

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Explore Opera

Explore Opera

This program engages students in an in-depth study of a selected opera through activities that integrate reading comprehension and artistic expression.

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High School Residency

High School Choir Residency

This program supports vocal instruction in high school choir programs by providing year-round assistance from a Lyric professional teaching artist.

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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.



Photos: Kyle Flubacker and Jaclyn Simpson

Elementary Opera Residency

  • Grade Levels: 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 before school begins 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

  • Grade Levels: 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

  • Grade Levels: 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 before school begins 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.



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.


Photos: Kyle Flubacker and Jaclyn Simpson

Elementary Opera Residencies

These videos highlight the progress of the elementary residency program at Palmer Elementary.


Explore Opera



High Schedule Choral Residencies

These videos highlight the progress of the high school choir residency program at Senn High School.





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.

Lyric Unlimited was launched with major catalyst funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and receives major support from the Caerus Foundation, Inc.


Photos: Kyle Flubacker and Jaclyn Simpson

Applications for 2019/20 Opera Residencies for Schools are now open! The deadline for all residency program applications is Friday, May 10, 3pm. 




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 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.


Photos: Kyle Flubacker and Jaclyn Simpson

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