Opera Residencies for Schools

Opera Residencies for Schools

2018/19 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 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 Residency

Explore Opera

This content-specific 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 Choir Residency

High School Choir Residency

This program is designed to support the music learning objectives of high school choir teachers 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.

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

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 curricular 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 22, 2018.
*Teachers may elect to enhance the experience by scheduling an optional backstage tour of the Lyric Opera House.

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 is intended to coordinate with a field trip to the Lyric Opera House to attend a performance of the selected work. The 2018/19 opera offerings include:
- La Bohème (Sept./Oct.)
- Il Trovatore (Oct./Nov.)
- Cendrillon (DecNov./JanDec.)
- Elektra (MarJan./Feb.)
- La Traviata (Feb.)

*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 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, to help strengthen the school's choral program. The program comprises three integrated components:

-Regular, ongoing music learning support in the choral classroom.
-An embedded Explore Opera unit of study for La Bohème, Il Trovatore, Cendrillon, Elektra, or La Traviata.
-Special guest artists in-school visits.

*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.

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

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 to apply for 2018/19 Opera Residencies for Schools are now closed.


Check back next year for your chance to apply.




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

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