Music! Words! Opera!

Virtual Workshop


Summer 2021

June 28 – July 1 (Monday – Thursday)

9:00 am – 3:00 pm Mountain Daylight Time
Lunch break included

All sessions held over secure Zoom video call

Co-presented by Central City Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Registration Fee: $100 (graduate credit available for an additional $160)

Register by June 21, 2021

Questions? Email Central City Opera at or Opera Theatre of Saint Louis at

“I’ve been teaching for years and this is one of the best professional development workshops ever.  I think young teachers in particular can learn more practical applications in one week than in all their college methods classes.”

Mark Clark

Music Specialist, Summit County


Co-presented by Central City Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

  • Learn to create and produce original musical works in the classroom.
  • Discover arts integration strategies for core subjects.
  • Engage with fellow educators from around the country.

Join us for an interactive exploration in creating and producing original musical works from the K-12 student perspective and discovering arts integration strategies for the classroom through Mozart’s fairytale masterpiece The Magic Flute.  National trainers Jeff Gilden, Neil Ginsberg, and Ilasiea Gray will lead the four-day workshop which is open to educators and teaching artists from all disciplines! Two (2) graduate credits from the University of Colorado at Boulder are available for an additional $160.


  • Two (2) graduate credits from University of Colorado at Boulder (optional, $160)
  • Instruction from composer Neil Ginsberg, librettist Jeffrey Gilden, and director/actor Ilasiea Gray
  • Lesson plans and instruction in how to implement a project with students
  • Hands-on experience creating an original opera
  • Access to opera festival performance(s)
  • Four days of some of the best fun you’ve ever had!

Please see the registration links below. 


The Music! Words! Opera! curriculum was developed by respected educators who believe that all people are inherently creative and that students deserve the opportunity to experience creative learning. Opera is an art of collaboration from inception through production; an excellent model for collaborative teaching and learning that also lends itself to creating a balance between academic and experiential learning. Interdisciplinary connections can be forged in areas such as history, literature, social sciences, arts and math, inspiring creative and critical thinking. Students are also challenged to think beyond speaking and writing to discover new and larger ways of expressing themselves – through words, music, dramatic expression and visual arts.

To purchase the Music! Words! Opera! Create Your Own Opera or Music-Theater textbook for $40.95 from GIA Publications, click here.


The CU Credit form will be emailed to you upon request. You will submit the form and payment directly to the University of Colorado at Boulder.


You will have the option to submit payment to Central City Opera online or over the phone, 303-292-6700.

Register by June 21, 2021.

Thank you to the Xcel Energy Foundation for their generous support of our Education and Community Engagement programs!