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Education & Community Engagement

Central City Opera’s Education Community Engagement programs enhance existing curriculum for young students and life-long learning for everyone. We work directly with educators, community leaders, students and parents to make these offerings relevant, educational and entertaining. The arts enrich lives and learning at every age.

To request a program, contact us at 303-331-7026,  education@centralcityopera.org or through our online form.

Check out our 2013-2014 Education & Community Engagement Brochure below or download the PDF. To schedule a program at your school or venue, contact us at 303-331-7026, education@centralcityopera.org or through our online form.

Opera Alive! Teaching Artists (Grades K-12)

“My students are always so highly energized after your workshop! They work harder, they are more focused, and they sing better. I want this on my school calendar annually!” - Choral Director, Estes Park High School

Producing opera requires knowledge and experience from many different fields. Call on Central City Opera's Teaching Artists to help augment your curriculum in STEM subjects, music, dance, theater and world languages. Students gain confidence and technique in workshops or master classes in singing, instrumental music, composition, stagecraft, movement or any other related activity. Master classes can include a short performance by artists followed by individual or group coaching. Two popular STEM workshops are Science of Singing (led by a Doctor of Singing) where students watch and experience how sound waves and harmonics are produced and manipulated by the human voice and Cooking and Fractions (led by a CCO orchestra musician who is a chef) where students apply various math techniques to recipes and discover how bodies are instruments that need to be fueled. 
Suitable for classrooms — Adaptable to Grade — Available year round — Performed by 3 singers, narrator, and pianist — Length varies according to program and needs of classroom — Cost varies — Colorado Academic Standards: Varies — Resources and related lesson plans available online — Scholarships available

Music! Words! Opera! Workshop (For Educators)

Educators who attend this 5-day summer workshop will take away a great array of practical teaching methods. Master teaching artists from the service organization Opera America guide participants in the creation of original musical stories utilizing the Music! Words! Opera! curriculum. The workshop fee includes resource guides. Three graduate credits are available at a very reasonable cost. [Details]

Music! Words! Opera! Residency (Grades K-12)

“The experience of building an opera and performing it was life changing for many of my fifth grade students.” - Music Teacher, Southmoor Elementary, Denver

Nothing jumpstarts kids’ creative juices like the opportunity to write and perform their own musical story. The process of researching/scripting a story and writing/composing lyrics and music develops problem-solving and team skills while providing practical applications of core disciplines like math, reading/writing and social studies. Experienced teaching artists are available to assist in applying methods from Opera America’s Music! Words! Opera! curriculum. Teachers must have participated in our Music! Words! Opera! Workshop in order to qualify for this program.

Suitable for classrooms — Adaptable to Grade — Available year round — Personnel varies — Length varies according to program and needs of classroom — Cost varies — Colorado Academic Standards: Varies — Resources and related lesson plans available online — Scholarships available

The Alliance Project (Middle Schools)

The Scientific and Cultural Collaborative (SCC), a coalition of arts, science and cultural organizations, partner with educators in multiple schools in the seven county Denver metropolitan area in creating curriculum applications and learning opportunities for public middle school students. The Alliance Project is funded by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Visit the Alliance Project website for details.

A list of field trips, workshops, performances, and tours offered by the organizations of
the SCC (including Central City Opera) can be viewed in the 2013-2014 Directory of Education Activities for Teachers and Schools (pdf). Note, this will take you to the SCFD website.

And more!

Check out our Resource Center (below) for additional ideas to supplement your teaching. 

Educators can receive a discount for the Central City Opera Festival. Check out the current pricing page for details.


Family Matinees

Designated Festival matinee performances are perfect for those on a budget. Full-length operas are performed by the talented young artists of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. Introductions before each act and a meet-the-artists session after the opera make this the perfect opportunity to introduce children and opera newbies to the magic of opera. Add-on the Take a Child to the Opera program for additional pre-show activities on the same day. [Details]

Events Throughout the Year

The Central City Opera Ensemble performs throughout the year, and we may already have something scheduled in your area. Programs like Tiny Tots Inside the Orchestra and Opera Inside Out are especially appropriate for younger audiences. Check out our Family-Friendly Events listings to see what's performing next!
Study guides and other educational resources on opera You may also want to check out Central City Opera's Pinterest board on arts education

The Resource Center is under construction. Please check back soon for additional items!
who so generously support Central City Opera’s Education and Community Programs: