Let's Write an Opera

In our after-school program, "Let's Write an Opera" students work in small groups with our teaching artist team to create and perform original operatic works. Over 10 weeks, students will learn operatic melodies without words, write original stories that suit the melodies, and explore creative ways to present their operas online. Our next session will take place in Spring 2022! View the full schedule below, and check out our spring 2021 performances on our YouTube Channel!

Each zoom class is 90 minutes. Classes will be spent developing creative skills including singing, acting, and storytelling. The collaborative environment builds our students' confidence to express their ideas and their ability to work as a team.  (See spring session schedule below for specifics)

 

The program is open to students ages 6-18. No prior operatic experience is necessary! 

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WEEK 1
Monday February 7th
4:30-6:00 pm eastern on zoom

This class will discuss what opera is all about--storytelling and music. We will explore what elements make up stories and how songs are created before we begin to explore our textless operatic excerpts.

WEEKS 2-4
Mondays February 14th, 21st, 28th
4:30-6:00 pm eastern on zoom

Students will learn textless operatic musical excerpts. We will discuss form, style, and period of the pieces; we will also tie in elements from our fall semester including but not limited to arias, recitatives, courses, languages, voice types, and musical periods.

WEEKS 5 AND 6
Mondays March 7th, 14th
4:30-6:00 pm eastern on zoom

Students will work to create stories that correlate with the musical excerpts that we have learned. We will explore the emotional qualities of each of the excerpts and how they can fit together.

WEEKS 7-9
Mondays March 21st, 28th, April 4th
4:30-6:00 pm eastern on zoom

Students will polish practice their zoom operas with teaching artist assistance. They will also work on costume design and “set” design/graphics/illustrations. Students may be called for just part of the class time depending on teacher discretion. 

WEEK 10 
Monday April 11th
4:30-6:00 pm eastern on zoom

Students will finalize their performances and recordings. Students may be called for just part of the class time depending on teacher discretion

PERFORMANCES
Early May 2022

Culminating performances will take place in May. The virtual medium may vary based on student choices. We will have a student-only dress rehearsal in advance of the public performance

SCHEDULE

Spring 2022

TUITION AND FEES

Single Participant Enrollment Fee

Tuition is $300 and includes ten  90-minute sessions and a T-Shirt

Discounts

Early Bird:

  • Students enrolled before February 1st receive $50 off their tuition!

Family: 

  • After paying one tuition, families get 50% off each additional tuition​

Group: 

  • We are able to offer discounts to school districts or communities that would like to sponsor a small-group of participants​

Email us for more information about our discounts!

Financial Aid

Please contact us if participation is cost prohibitive. We are able to offer full and partial scholarships depending on your need