Lyric Unlimited’s Youth Opera Council is a group of Chicagoland high school students with a passion for opera and the performing arts. Youth Opera Council members gain a deeper understanding of opera through exclusive access to Lyric Opera artists, staff, and behind-the-scenes exploration. The council also hosts youth-focused events throughout the season.
Apply Now! Applications for the 2019/20 Youth Opera Council are now live.
- Interested in performing arts (opera, theater, orchestra, ballet, etc.)
- Available to meet Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm - 7pm at the Lyric Opera House in downtown Chicago
- Shows demonstrated leadership ability through extra curricular involvement, classwork, or scholarship
- Would benefit from greater exposure to opera and engagement with a like-minded peer group
- Will be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior high school student during the 2019/20 academic year
- Applicants DO NOT have to be a resident of the City of Chicago, or have prior experience attending/performing in Lyric Opera of Chicago performances or programs
Youth Opera Council members are selected based on:
- Maintaining a diversity of YOC membership (year in school, city/suburb, demographic diversity, etc.)
- Completion of an application form and interview with Lyric staff
- Interest in engaging with peers and developing leadership skills
- Ability to attend YOC regular meetings during the academic year, as well as group outings
Youth Opera Council is supported by Terry J. Medhurst and Penelope and Robert Steiner.