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. 

Application Criteria

Application Criteria:
  • 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: 
  1. Maintaining a diversity of YOC membership (year in school, city/suburb, demographic diversity, etc.)
  2. Completion of an application form and interview with Lyric staff
  3. Interest in engaging with peers and developing leadership skills
  4. Ability to attend YOC regular meetings during the academic year, as well as group outings

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Youth Opera Council is supported by Terry J. Medhurst and Penelope and Robert Steiner.