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, email@example.com or through our online form.
Opera Alive! Teaching Artists (Grades K-12)
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.
Music! Words! Opera! Workshop (For Educators)
Music! Words! Opera! Residency (Grades K-12)
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 MatineesDesignated 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 YearThe 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!
- 2013 Opera Insider PDF
- 2012 Opera Insider PDF
- How the West Was Sung Study Guide PDF
- En Mis Palabras - English Study Guide PDF
- En Mis Palabras - Spanish Study Guide PDF
The Resource Center is under construction. Please check back soon for additional items!
Amy Andersson, Teresa Castillo, Erin Hackel*, Emily Murdock*, Amanda Raddatz, Judeth Shay Burns*
Sarah Barber*, Jennifer DeDominici*, Valerie Nicolosi, Marcia Ragonetti, Leslie Remmert Soich
Jason Baldwin*, Adam Sattley
Erik Angerhofer, Adam Ewing*, Aaron Pearson, Chad Reagan*, Steven Taylor, Bradley Thompson*, Ben Wood
Steven-Aguiló-Arbues*, piano; Taylor Baldwin, piano; Adam Buer, guitar; Sara Parkinson*, piano; Deborah Schmit-Lobis*, piano/composer/arranger; Michael Tilley*, piano; Travis Yamamoto, piano
Resident Teaching Artist
Deborah Morrow*, Director
Emily Murdock, Coordinator
Erin Joy Swank*, Production Manager/Stage Manager
who so generously support Central City Opera’s Education and Community Programs:
- Ballantine Family Fund
- Central City Opera Guild
- Colorado Creative Industries
- The Denver Foundation
- ECA Foundation
- El Pomar Foundation
- William Randolph Hearst Foundation
- The Virginia W. Hill Foundation
- Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation
- The Kerr Foundation
- J.K. Mullen Foundation
- Otter Cares
- Schramm Foundation
- Henry R. Schwier Charitable Fund
- Citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District
- Wells Fargo